Local street and highway departments assess the cost of recent snow


Due to heavy snow, Terre Haute resident Jeff Newton had a tough commute to work Saturday morning.

“I went to work about 7 o’clock Saturday morning and the roads were snow covered completely, I couldn’t see any of the road,” Newton said.

On his way home from work that evening he says the conditions on the roads improved drastically. “Coming home they were clear. I was glad to see that. I didn’t have any trouble getting home that evening,” Newton said.

Newton may not have been the only one to see improvements after a storm dumped between four and seven inches of snow on the Wabash Valley, and that’s due to the local road crews working hard to make sure driving conditions were safe. It was an effort that took much money and resources.

“At one time we had about everything that we owned on the road,” said Dan Bennett, superintendent of the Vigo County Highway Department.

Vigo County’s effort to clear the roads included approximately 20 trucks, 6,000 gallons of brine, and 1,500 tons of salt and sand material. Crews were also expected to work 12-hour shifts.

The Terre Haute Street Department also did their part by having 12 trucks on the road and 12 hour shifts were implemented. The cost of snow removal for Terre Haute after labor and salt material was approximately $13,500 but it was a cost that city street department foreman Bryan Driskill says was necessary for safe road conditions.

“Streets looked great. For the most part everything was plowed back curb to curb,” Driskill said.

Both road crews say that their trucks did receive some damage while plowing the snow but such expenses are expected and budgeted.

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