Road crews preparing for snow
Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:00 AM
Workers for the Montgomery County Highway and Crawfordsville Street departments are preparing for the coming winter weather.
If you become stranded:
· Make sure you have at least a quarter tank of gas in your vehicle before you leave. This will help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
· Do not leave your vehicle. It will provide you with the best protection, unless there is a building immediately nearby.
· Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen (remember to keep the windows cracked).
· Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
· Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. Remember, an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.
· Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
· If involved in a crash and no one is injured and the involved vehicles are still drivable, move to a safe area to exchange names, vehicle and license plate information, along with driver license number and insurance agent name and phone number with the other driver
· During severe weather conditions law enforcement will be busy responding to emergency calls and will not be able to take reports of crashes where there is only damage to property
· Vehicles left abandoned along interstate and state road right-of-ways are subject to immediate removal during inclement weather events
Montgomery County Highway Director Rod Jenkins said this is no different than any other winter weather event.
"We are getting ready," he said. "The trucks are going to be loaded and ready to roll out this evening."
Crawfordsville Street Commissioner Scott Hesler said his crews are also getting their equipment ready.
"We are making sure all our equipment is fueled and ready," he said.
Jenkins said that county crews will do a little pre-treating of hills ahead of tonight's snow and ice.
"When they start predicting ice we change our plans and do a little pre-treating," he said.
Hesler said the city does not plan on pre-treating at this time because they do not know what will come first: Snow and ice or rain.
"No one is real clear if it is coming in first," Hesler said. "If it rains it washes away the pre-treatment you put down."
Both Jenkins and Hesler said that there is no specific time to get the trucks on the road.
"You have to play a lot of it by ear," Jenkins said. He expects county trucks to be out by 4 a.m.
Hesler said that city crews will not get the call until the snow starts to fall.
"We will make it as clear as we can for people to get to school and work in the morning," Hesler said.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Montgomery County that will begin at 7 p.m. tonight and continue through 10 a.m. Friday. They are calling for snow to change to sleet, with .1 inch of ice.