By Rod Rose The Lebanon Reporter
---- — Police are urging drivers to take seriously a winter storm warning for Boone and other areas of central Indiana.
Four to seven inches of snow were possible, the National Weather Service in Indianapolis said Thursday evening.
Unnecessary travel was discouraged.
Six Lebanon streets will receive priority treatment from the city’s snow plows today, Street Superintendent Larry Lee said.
Meridian, East and West streets are the main north-and-south corridors, with Main, North and Washington streets being the main east-and-west routes. They will be plowed first, Lee said.
Once those streets are cleared, city crews will move to the Lebanon Business Park, and Indianapolis Avenue south of Noble Street, Lee said. Secondary streets will follow.
Subdivision streets will be plowed last, he said.
Because Lebanon Street, South Street and much of Indianapolis Road in Lebanon are state highways, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be removing snow from those roads.
Lee asked that where possible, residents park off the streets. “That let’s us get in there and get the roads treated and plowed back; that would help us 100 percent,” he said.
City streets were not pretreated with an ice-melting mixture for this snow, Lee said. It was a tactical decision, based on the weather forecast.“We’re going to get more sleet and freezing rain that will turn into snow,” he said. Streets will be treated after snow is removed. Temperatures are expected to fall into the single digits for lows and mid-teens for highs, he said. “It’ll get colder, so why have that material plowed off? We’ll plow first, then treat the roads.
Indianapolis Road and Perry Worth Road in the Interstate 65 annexation area will be plowed by Triangle Asphalt crews, Lee said. The company has a contract to plow the annexation area.
Vehicles abandoned along interstates will be towed, the Indiana State Police said. “Abandoned vehicles on the interstate system during snow/ice conditions present a safety hazard for the motoring public and the INDOT snow plow drivers,” said First Sergeant Jeff Payne, Assistant Commander of the Indianapolis State Police Post.
To check on road conditions, the State Police urge people to call 1-800-261-7623 or visit www.trafficwise.in.gov, a road condition website maintained by the state highway department.“Please do not call dispatch centers for road conditions,” Payne said. Dispatchers will be busy sending equipment to emergency situations.