INDOT prepares for winter roads, encourages drivers

As the leaves fall, so do the temperatures, and the Indiana Department of Transportation is taking steps to make sure the roads are ready for winter.

Posted: Oct 28, 2017 9:18 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2017 9:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- As the leaves fall, so do the temperatures, and the Indiana Department of Transportation is taking steps to make sure the roads are ready for winter. 

"We are basically looking at every nook and cranny, big or small, to find any issue that may present itself before winter," said Nichole Thomas of INDOT. 

All over the state INDOT inspected trucks to fix any problems before the flurries fly. 

"We've seen snow as early as October, we've seen snow as late as December. So, one of the things we're doing now is route certifying our drivers, getting them prepared so they know what their snow plow route is, where it begins, where it ends, where they turn around," Thomas said. 

INDOT said it's all to help Indiana drivers, and there are steps you can take to make their jobs easier, and keep yourself safe. 

"Remember how big they are. These are giant, yellow trucks. Just the snow plow blade alone is twelve feet wide by four feet tall. It's 800 pounds, just the blade. So, imagine how big the trucks are. You want to make sure that when you see them out on the road, you give them plenty of room to do their work. You try not to pass them, and if you do pass them, you definitely don't do so on the right because that's where they're going to be pushing the snow," Thomas said. 

Some northeast Indiana drivers are also thinking of winter by getting snow tires, breaking out the ice scrapers, and preparing for the unexpected. 

"I check all my fluids, make sure I've got antifreeze in there, make sure I've got ice scrapers," said Judith Sizemore, a Kendallville resident. 

"I know I've got to get my tires checked, my air pressure on my tires checked, make sure my tires are pressured out right, and definitely every summer I have to rewinterize it, because when it gets really, really cold, you don't want to wait to the last minute to do that," said Billy Robinson, a Fort Wayne resident. 

"I'm not really looking forward to the winter, but there's a lot of things we have to do to get prepared for it," Robinson said. 

 

 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1011197

Reported Deaths: 16524
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1359292129
Lake666181167
Allen58254802
Hamilton46498467
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Elkhart36044510
Vanderburgh32333481
Tippecanoe28037260
Johnson25196446
Hendricks23960360
Porter22985367
Madison18820410
Clark18609253
Vigo17530303
Monroe15319200
LaPorte15230252
Delaware15127264
Howard14801290
Kosciusko12410149
Hancock11773176
Bartholomew11695180
Warrick11305189
Floyd11138215
Wayne11023253
Grant10131220
Morgan9506177
Boone8965116
Dubois8281131
Henry8252153
Dearborn823493
Noble8064106
Marshall7981135
Cass7556123
Lawrence7479172
Shelby7216119
Jackson700990
Gibson6614115
Harrison651892
Huntington6447100
Knox6427106
DeKalb6363100
Montgomery6293112
Miami595298
Putnam584179
Clinton579271
Whitley568455
Steuben566876
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Jasper536180
Jefferson513297
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Scott439875
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Brown147047
Martin139319
Switzerland135311
Warren121416
Union107216
Ohio84613
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Cases: 1524169

Reported Deaths: 23955
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Cuyahoga1468932459
Hamilton1056051431
Montgomery742551279
Summit620221111
Lucas56539917
Butler51696718
Stark468601064
Lorain35783585
Warren32903377
Mahoning30927693
Clermont28271330
Lake27179448
Delaware24263164
Licking24027294
Trumbull22993561
Fairfield22438247
Greene22414326
Medina22149313
Clark19920354
Richland18643292
Portage18073252
Wood17505224
Allen16054279
Miami15627306
Muskingum14890185
Columbiana14153274
Wayne13852271
Tuscarawas12777311
Marion12016180
Scioto11497162
Pickaway11386142
Erie10951184
Ross10614203
Ashtabula9809204
Lawrence9783153
Hancock9741155
Belmont9333209
Geauga9008157
Jefferson8600199
Huron8427143
Union822259
Washington8114144
Sandusky7875151
Athens779579
Knox7766144
Darke7695158
Seneca7405145
Ashland6993130
Auglaize681799
Shelby6540115
Brown640091
Crawford6292130
Defiance6241105
Mercer617893
Fulton605196
Highland602899
Guernsey596371
Madison595678
Logan594596
Clinton585193
Preble5730125
Putnam5354110
Williams530888
Perry519863
Champaign514273
Jackson512473
Ottawa490586
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Morrow460558
Pike435067
Fayette430363
Hardin420780
Gallia419367
Adams417995
Van Wert374082
Henry366972
Holmes3653125
Hocking357582
Wyandot325262
Carroll304365
Paulding280747
Meigs267251
Monroe216254
Noble201247
Morgan194333
Harrison182646
Vinton167225
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