INDOT Begins Pre-Winter Inspections

By Scott Sarvay

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 6:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - If you saw snowplows out on the road, your eyes were not deceiving you.

Although Thursday’s temperature was above 90, it's also happened to be the first day of fall. But officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation are thinking "snow."

It also marked the beginning of pre-winter inspections for all of the snow-fighting equipment and it's not as "odd" as it seems.

Dennis Warnick with the INDOT Fort Wayne post says, “Yeah, we have to be prepared ahead of time, so what we're doing is inspection today so we can make any needed repairs that we haven't caught already. We take a look at each piece of equipment, top side, bottom side, all over and see what needs to be done so we're ready when the snow comes.”

Warnick says snow routes will be a little longer this year in an effort to cover more area and save taxpayer money.

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