INDOT Ready for Winter Weather

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2007 at 7:41 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- Indiana usually sees winter weather starting around this time of year. And INDOT says it's ready.

Crews have been inspecting the 188 snow plow trucks and tweaking them as needed since the fall.

As for the approaching weather, there's no set criteria for deciding when to send plows or salt trucks on the road. Managers just keep an eye on things, and make a judgment call about when crews are needed.

But since this could be the first time this season that you could be out and about in snowy or icy weather, you might need a reminder about some safe driving tips.

Stacie McCormick\INDOT: " Probably the main thing they can do to help themselves when they're driving in dangerous conditions is to slow down. Stay alert as to what's going on around you. The speed limit signs are really there for dry pavement conditions. So just because it says 55 doesn't mean you should be going 55 or 70."

She also says if a plow is on the road, you should stay back about ten car lengths. That's probably more space than we typically allow.

INDOT covers 17 counties in northeast Indiana. And all those salt domes can hold about 54,000 tons of salt. So they're ready for whatever comes our way.

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