So, Bob Alderman is “… the first to admit that everything was not perfect.” I can state without fear of contradiction the condition of our roads was as far from perfect as possible.
INDOT’s primary purpose in winter is to plow snow (Can’t patch potholes. Can’t do construction. Snow removal is its No. 1 priority). Closing I-65 south of U.S. 30 every time it snows, or waiting for the traffic to build and then unleashing the plows or simply waiting for April, are not valid strategies, but INDOT employed every one.
Anyone traveling into Chicago was thankful to make it to the Illinois state line, where for some reason the plows worked. Driving from Illinois into Indiana was a bitter experience.
I’ll give you a formula for next winter. Roads clear: success. Roads covered in snowpack: failure.
Keep your statistics. Keep the roads safe. People died, Bob. People died.
- Rick Grigsby, Munster