Though traffic had been light on county roads Sunday evening, several slide-offs have been reported, according to a news release. Conditions were expected to worsen overnight with additional snow and sleet in the forecast.
County highway road crews will begin plowing and treating county roads at around 4 a.m. Monday. It uses several types of vehicles for snow and ice control – five graders, 25 tandem axle dump trucks, seven single axle dump trucks, and four 1-ton small dump trucks. It also uses eight heavy duty pickups to help clear road intersections and smaller areas.
Allen County is divided into north and south districts with 12 zones in each district. Each zone will have at least one truck, and some will have two or more trucks. Graders are assigned to gravel roads, areas with large drifts of snow, and clearing berms of snow buildups. The anti-icing materials used are sand, rock, salt, calcium chloride and stone chips. A sand-salt mixture will be used on most roads. Calcium chloride mixed with sand and salt will be used on roads that need to be cleaned to bare pavement. Stone chips will be used on gravel roads when they become slippery. On higher traffic count highways, liquid calcium chloride will be applied along with a salt-sand mixture. The department's 36 trucks are outfitted with systems that dispense the liquid onto the salt and sand. The calcium chloride solution speeds the chemical reaction of the salt, causing it to melt snow and ice much quicker.
Further updates on the county's travel status will be issued as needed, according to the news release.