INDOT Plans To Stay Ahead Of Weather (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive
By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Wednesday Fort Wayne is expected to see its first snow of the season. But since it will be mixed with rain it isn't expected to impact travel on area roadways.

However, since this is our first sign of winter we checked in with the Indiana Department of Transportation to see if they're ready for winter weather.

A spokesperson for INDOT says, for the past two weeks, they've been doing inspections on all of their equipment and training their drivers.
Another way they stay prepared for those early seasons snowfalls is by utilizing some of their advanced technology. INDOT has the ability to use computer systems to check the temperature of the pavement. This allows them to know when snow will start sticking to the ground.

"We have people driving the roads constantly when weather has been forecasted, and so we just stay on it. We just make sure that we get out ahead of it, and we stay ahead of it," said Mary Foster, spokesperson, INDOT.

INDOT has already received a shipments of salt. This winter they have forecasted to use 50,000 tons of salt.

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