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INDOT had nearly 1100 plow trucks on the road across the state awhead of the anticipated storm.

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 11:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - 

Rain, sleet and ice are forecasted Thursday night into Friday across the region.

INDOT had nearly 1100 plow trucks on the road across the state awhead of the anticipated storm.

They didn't put anything down until the roads started to get slick because the rain would just wash away whatever is on the road.

Trent Pittman said, "It's going to be a mess out there. I hope everyone make it where they need to go safely."

Pittman said he was doing what he can so he can make it to work on time in the morning.

Road crews were out doing the same thing.

"Each winter weather event is different," said Nichole Thomas, INDOT Fort Wayne spokeswoman.

INDOT tries to have crews pre-treating the roads before a winter weather event.

However, that wasn't possible this week because the weather systems are starting as rain.

"If you think of what rain does, it hits the roads and rolls right off. so if we're pre-treating and putting that brine down, the rain is going to come right behind it and wash it right off and it's going to do no good," said Thomas.

"It's important to be aware of the budget that we have. There's no point in pre-treating right now. It's over 50 degrees, it's warm and there's nothing on the roads at this hour," said Frank Suarez, Fort Wayne Public Works spokesman.

Suarez said the city's trucks are ready to roll out.

However, it's drivers who need to be ready and patient for their morning commute.

"They can't rush through traffic. when there's a lot of traffic out, which we could expect tomorrow, that slows down the process," he said.

The Allen County Highway department said it's not doing anything different because they never pre-treat county roads with brine.

North Barn supervisor Tim Gaham said that's because the way county roads are built.

"We have some pretty good drainage in the county, we have some problem areas, but most of all the water, if it rains, will get off the road just fine," said Gaham.

Gaham said country trucks are filled with a salt/snow mix.

He said that's more helpful than just salt because it helps with traction.

Still, Pittman's not worried about the snow and ice on his morning commute because he's ready.

"I'm worried about everyone else. as long as they yeild to me and all the other traffic then we all should be all right," said Pittman.

City and county crews will go into work early to make sure the roads are clear for drivers.

INDOT crews were on the roads patrolling their routes.

Drivers are working 12 hour shifts as long as they are needed.

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