Road commission details storm plan

St. Joseph County Road Commission Manager John Lindsey said the department has employed a strategy to handle the two-day winter storm that started Wednesday.

Lindsey said the storm first appeared on his radar about a week ago and as it approached, its magnitude was as significant as predicted.

Accumulation became significant enough early Wednesday morning to justify sending out its fleet of 25 plows. With just one shift of a staff, drivers worked a few hours of overtime Wednesday before heading home around 6 p.m. Then, Lindsey added, crews were expected to return this morning around 5 a.m. to continue the job.

Lindsey said drivers must have enough time off between shifts to alleviate fatigue.

Lindsey said he has as much help as he can afford and all the necessary equipment to get all 1,022 miles of roads under the agency’s jurisdiction cleared.

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