FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The snow we were looking for is here, but that's not stopping people from getting on the road, so the Indiana Department of Transportation started preparation well before Friday to get the streets ready.
Nicole Thomas from INDOT said when they do these preps early, they use less salt per lane mile, but it definitely depends on the storm.
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Remember to give the #YellowTrucks room to do their jobs while clearing and treating the roads.— INDOT Northeast (@INDOTNortheast) January 18, 2020
Plows travel about 30-35 mph and take 2-3 hours to complete a full route.
This shift will be on until midnight, when the next shift comes in to relieve them.#INDOTWinterOps pic.twitter.com/NzH7WkXFrj
She said last winter they used about 70,000 tons of salt so expect to see crews out all weekend.
There will be more than 130 plows on the roads, so keep that in mind while you are driving to be courteous of those plow drivers too.
"We will be on rotating 12-hour shifts as long as needed. The bulk of the snow, I think we're going to get overnight so we'll be out in the overnight hours working. Right now we're on a full call-out. There's one truck on every route. We have 5,000 miles covering all parts of 17 counties," Thomas explained.
If you must travel Saturday morning, make sure to take things slow.
Drivers are urged to give themselves enough time and room to stop as we are expecting icy conditions.
Can’t forget the mechanics! These #SnowFighters keep our #YellowTrucks running so they can get out there to clear and treat the roads for Hoosier drivers. BIG thanks to all the mechanics, who have most likely been working all day. #INDOTWinterOps pic.twitter.com/tfKPbYnlYh
— INDOT Northeast (@INDOTNortheast) January 18, 2020