GREENFIELD – While many are still snow-covered, local streets are getting better by the hour in Hancock County, area officials say.
The county’s main roads have been cleared through the night, and now county and city street crews are working on clearing and widening secondary streets.
“Everything is snow-covered by everything is plowed,” said Jim Hahn, Greenfield street superintendent just before 9 a.m. “Right now we’re in the process of widening.”
Hancock County is under an orange travel watch, meaning only essential travel to and from work or for emergencies is recommended.
“If you don’t have to go some place, don’t go anyplace,” said Harry Maginity, spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation. “If you do, drive really slow and sensible.”
Crews stayed out all night removing snow before freezing rain arrived in the early morning hours.
“When the freezing rain came, we had just uncovered the roads and (the rain) got them really slick,” Hahn added. “That was really scary, between 4 and 6 this morning. We were like, ‘Oh no,’ and we had to put material down real quick.”
Hahn is hoping for sunshine throughout the day today, which would help salt melt the roads.
Many of the area’s main state highways are still snow-covered but slowly improving, Maginity said. INDOT cares for main roads like Ind. 9, U.S. 40, U.S. 52 and Interstate 70.
“The good folks of the area have been driving with good common sense, driving slow,” he said. “(State drivers) haven’t been hampered by anybody clogging the lanes up or anything like that.”
Rural roads in Hancock County are also improving. Gary Pool, county highway engineer, said the main county roads are cleared and will be salted by this afternoon; the secondary county roads are being cleared now and will be salted by this evening or night.
The early morning freezing rain has helped keep drifting at bay, Pool added.
“We lucked out. The ice came second so it kept the snow still and it’s not windy,” he said. “Roads are getting better by the hour.”