Indiana Department of Transportation preparing for winter weather

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With winter weather season approaching, Indiana Department of Transportation snow fighters are making sure all of their trucks and plows are ready. (Photo courtesy INDOT)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — With winter weather season approaching, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is sharing how Southwest Indiana can be prepared.

INDOT says their snow fighters are gearing up and making sure all of their yellow trucks are ready when the first seasonal flurries fly.

Since the end of September, INDOT has been inspecting their fleet to make sure their snow plows and equipment is in working order for winter.

Because their trucks are also used during the summer, they require maintenance and repairs before they’re ready to take on winter weather.

INDOT has also been making sure they’re staffed to handle the demands of winter weather conditions.

Currently, the southwest district has 268 snowplow drivers to cover 143 routes, district-wide.

During a snow event, drivers will work 12-hour shifts on routes that take 2-3 hours to complete one cycle.

What you can do to minimize winter weather hazards:

In case of being stranded:

  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with blankets, nonperishable food, water and a phone charger.
  • Keep a shovel, cat litter and cold weather clothing in your vehicle to dig yourself out
  • Always keep a full tank of gas

INDOT also urges residents to dig out around their mailboxes. During heavy and wet winter weather events, snow can come off a plow blade at a very high rate of speed. While it’s never the intention of a driver to knock over a mailbox, it can happen. It’s less likely to happen if the snow has been cleared around the mailbox post.

If you must drive in a snow event, slow down, minimize distractions, stay off your phone, leave extra room for braking and always leave extra time to get to your destination.

If you encounter a plow on the roadway, make sure to give them extra room, because they may not be able to see you if you tailgate or try to pass.

While being behind a plow ensures you are on a freshly-treated road, if you do try and pass a snow plow, do so as quickly as you can in a safe manner. INDOT’s yellow trucks do have blind spots, and if a driver needs to make a maneuver, they may not be able to see you.

For questions about winter operations, or to make a report, the Transportation Services Call Center number is  1-855-463-6848.

You can also report concerns online by clicking here.

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(This story was originally published on October 30, 2019)

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