Indiana Dept. of Transportation readies for winter months

INDOT purchased 72 new trucks and 12 new tow plows for the upcoming winter season. (Submitted photo)

INDOT purchased 72 new trucks and 12 new tow plows for the upcoming winter season. (Submitted photo)

With winter approaching, the Indiana Dept. of Transportation is prepping for snow and poor weather with the purchase of 72 new trucks, 12 new tow plows, holding job fairs for winter staff, stocking up on salt and preventing potholes.

According to a press release from INDOT, last year the yellow plow trucks logged more than 3.8 million miles, which equates to 152 trips around the earth. This year, INDOT purchased 72 new plow trucks to replace old equipment as well as 12 new tow plows which allows for truck drivers to clear two lanes at once. INDOT will have more than 1,000 plow trucks.

Last year, 211,428 tons of salt and more than 2.8 billion gallons of salt brine were used. INDOT already has more than 225,000 tons of salt in stock for the season and continues to receive deliveries.

During last year’s winter operations, INDOT staff worked a total of 202,168 hours. INDOT has been holding job fairs and hiring full-time and seasonal workers.

Warmer months were spent resurfacing and sealing state highways to prevent potholes. INDOT has repaved 580 miles and sealed more than 1,200 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes this year.

For more, visit in.gov/indot/3278.htm.