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Fort Wayne Street Department works to clear roads

The Fort Wayne Street Department wants drivers to use extra caution on the roads while traveling.

Posted: Feb 2, 2019 5:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The City of Fort Wayne Street Department wants drivers to use extra caution on the roads while traveling. Over the past few days, the department has been putting hot sand on the streets to help tires get traction. However, with it being so cold, it hasn't been able to melt any ice, leaving the roads still very slick.

"We felt that if we wanted to remove that snow, it would just bring that ice back at the top and so we're waiting to go back into those areas until the temperatures warm, " said Frank Suarez, Public Works Public Information Officer.

The city just got a new shipment of salt to put on the street. They're stocking up for any future storms.

"We're always working ahead, ordering salt, we had some delivered today and some of those trucks are being filled up for the second shift already," said Suarez.

As it starts to warm up, there will be an increase in potholes around the city, but it shouldn't take long to fill them.

"As a general rule of thumb, because of the fact we do think there will be a lot of reporting, it could take up to 48 hours, business days," said Suarez.

People should call 311 to report potholes on city streets, and be very specific about where the potholes are.

"Think about the lane you are in, look at a landmark. If you can think it's right across from this business and name the business or if you can find an address or cross street that it's right beside that's good."

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