Road Crews Out In Full Force During Winter Storm

March 2, 2014
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Road crews are out in full force as a winter storm brings accumulating snowfall with sleet and freezing rain through the area.

In anticipation of this storm, state highway crews pre-treated bridges, interchanges and roadways with salt brine to minimize ice bonding with pavements. Meanwhile, the state has continued to receive shipments of road salt from its suppliers. INDOT officials believe there is a sufficient supply of salt to service state highways and interstates for the storm

INDOT’s top winter priority is to plow and treat its interstates, U.S. highways and state routes, while county crews handle the other roads. Winter operations staff will continue to monitor evolving forecasts and its statewide network of road and bridge sensors to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of the storm.

Forecasters have recorded the highest snowfall totals in more than three decades. INDOT estimates its plow trucks have logged more than 7.4 million miles during this record winter through Feb. 15 or the equivalent of 300 trips around the earth. In the same time period, state highway crews have deployed 387,000 tons of granular salt and more than 4 million gallons of salt brine.

INDOT estimates it has used nearly $50 million in operational resources through Feb. 15. By comparison, the average cost of INDOT’s winter operations including labor, fuel and salt has been $33.8 million over the past five years.

Motorists who must venture out play an important role in keeping the highways open and safe for other travelers by reducing their speeds according to conditions. Accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater distance between the car in front of you. Allow room for plow trucks so they may safely clear their routes without delay.

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