Snowplows work around the clock to clear roads

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Snow-covered roads turned into patches of ice and hard-packed snow the day after the blizzard, and plow truck drivers will need at least another day to lay down salt and go over streets again to get all of them cleared.

Snowplow drivers across the county started getting to neighborhood streets Wednesday night and Thursday morning, after clearing seven to 11 inches of snow from main roads across Johnson County.

But their first run often left the roads with a coating of packed-down snow, bringing complaints from motorists and residents about roads in their neighborhoods, including concerns about black ice on Interstate 65.

Johnson County, Greenwood and Franklin snowplows cleared neighborhood streets all of Thursday, and county and city officials expect to spend more time clearing the subdivisions today. Snowplows on I-65 caused traffic to slow down and back up Thursday as they tried to clear snow from the highway, according to state police.

Franklin Street Commissioner Ron Collins said clearing the streets was difficult because the snow got packed down from vehicles driving on it and froze to the road. Franklin doesn’t have the equipment needed to remove the packed snow and motorists most likely will have to drive on it for the next few days until city plows can get it all cleared, he said.

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