LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – All the snow means crews in Lafayette are working in overdrive to make sure streets are as safe as possible.
“The roads are kind of iffy out there. I slid a few time out there, myself,” said driver Jessica Ortiz.
Another driver, Josh McKenney said, “Pretty terrible. I actually saw a couple of people stuck on Chauncey Hill on the west side.”
Motorists did not hesitate to talk about how bad the roads were in the downtown Lafayette area Tuesday night.
Still, crews with the street department were out in full force with 30-35 vehicles that were working on the snow emergency routes, the main roads and the secondaries. Crews will be busy plowing, laying salt and sand on at major intersections and bridges and will continue to lay sand once it stops.
Mayor Tony Roswarski declared a snow emergency, so residents were asked to move their vehicles off the streets.
“It’s for LPD, the fire department, emergency ambulance services to get to people if they need to get to them in time. That’s what the emergency routes are about, as far as, to get that clear and open so we can best serve the citizens of Lafayette,” said Dallas Griswold with the Lafayette Street Department.
Griswold said the street department works closely with the Lafayette Police Department during a snow event to make sure the streets are as safe as possible.
“They will call the dispatch or they’ll call us directly and they’ll say they have a slick spot and we’ll disperse vehicles to that area,” said Griswold.
Griswold is also asking residents to shovel snow off driveways and sidewalks onto their yards. He said that will help the plowing process as well.
And other drivers advise residents, if you do not have to go out – don’t leave your home.
“Drive very slowly, if you have to be out. If you don’t have to be out, then don’t be out,” said Ortiz.
“Honestly, stay home,” said McKenney.
Tippecanoe County is under a travel advisory, that means routine travel may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and drivers should use caution or avoid those areas.
Tippecanoe County Highway Supervisor Ed Ward said emergency crews hit the roads Tuesday at 7 p.m. and worked throughout the night. That crew is made up of eight people and those plows will run ahead of fire trucks and ambulances. Then at 5 a.m. Wednesday, a full staff of 30 will hit the roads.