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New Year's Observance Slows INDOT Road Clearing

Although some Indiana Department of Transportation workers did not get to take the day off Monday to celebrate the New Year’s holiday, officials say the fact that many people did may have hindered snow clearing.

A narrow band of flurries throughout the day caused numerous problems on Indiana roadways Monday. INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity says the state rolled out 40 salt trucks throughout the day. Still, Maginity says the slick spots were hard to target.

"Ninety percent of the roadway is dry and clear and about ten percent of it is is problematic," Maginity says. "The snow has been hitting in concentrated form in these flurries in very isolated areas."

Maginity says the unpredictable nature of the storms made clearing the roads a tougher chore.

"It‘s been so spotty and isolated that it wasn‘t ‘Oh, we‘ll go here.' No, it came up here, came up there, came up here, came up there," he says. "And so we‘ve been chasing after it and putting down salt and working on it, and we‘ll continue to do all that until the roads are all dry."

Maginity also suggests that the lack of traffic may have added to the complications because there wasn‘t enough traffic to help spread the salt and create friction to melt the ice and snow. Traffic was lighter than normal because of the holiday.

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