The Early Arrival of Winter Won’t Affect INDOT

By Maureen Mespell
By Max Resnik

December 14, 2010 Updated Dec 14, 2010 at 7:16 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter)-- If you live in Northeast Indiana you can bet you’ll see INDOT clearing interstates and highways all winter long, but if the winter turns out to be a long one, is INDOT prepared?

With snow coming a little earlier than some expected this winter, how strained will resources become at INDOT? Can the budget hold up for the entire winter season? According to Stacie McCormick, Public Information Director at the Fort Wayne post of INDOT, they have no worries about making it through the winter.

Unlike city crews which tackle city roadways and side streets, the Indiana Department of Transportation must cover interstates and highways.

The Fort Wayne post of INDOT is responsible for 14 counties in Northeast Indiana and they’ve been preparing for the snow, slush and ice for months. Salt barns are full. Plow trucks have been checked over. Plows are ready to drop and to clean. All INDOT sub-districts are prepared as well.

Being that they’re part of the state, the Indiana Department of Transportation must clear all federal and state roads. You could see a truck on a road like Coliseum, but don’t think INDOT is hitting city streets. Coliseum, which is also 930, is technically a state highway.

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