FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – What can you expect for the roads in your neighborhood?
Here’s a look at Fort Wayne plow crews, and how they're using a new de-icing combination to help you get where you need to go.
Plow crews are working around the clock to clear streets.
Main roads first, of course, then secondary roads.
They should get into neighborhoods overnight to plow, so you should try to park somewhere other than the street.
After the roads are plowed, other trucks will follow to spread sand for traction on the frozen slush underneath the snow and spray beet juice to help melt what's left.
"We always are looking at new products, trying to see how it impacts the road. We also have to keep in mind the cost. And beet juice, they say, will work in colder temperatures. When you have freezing temperatures that are even below zero," says city spokesman Frank Suarez.
For the first time, 4,000 gallon trucks typically only used in the summer have been modified to spray an 80-20 mixture of salt brine and beet juice on the main roads.
"It dribbles down and the cars ride over it, and it should break up all the ice and the slush. It works better than salt is what it's supposed to do," says street department employee Jeff Grundy.
Last year, Jeff Grundy was called in seven times for overtime.
This year, it's been 25.
After working Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, Grundy hasn't had a weekend off since the end of December.
"Some days you work 18 hours, and then you go home, get some rest, and they call you right back in eight hours. It's really been tough on us this year," Grundy says.
That's why he's hoping the beet juice will help them clear the streets.
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