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This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
Harry Maginity is the Public Information Officer for the Indiana Dept. of Transportation - Seymour District. He says INDOT is stocked up very well on road salt. Maginity says the official price is under $60 per ton. In order to get that price, INDOT is required to purchase at least half of the contracted amount. While INDOT has some salt left over from last winter, which was historically mild, he said that INDOT has agreements with cities, counties and municipalities to sell them excess road salt should those entities need it. Maginity says this is a good deal for these groups as they are able to tap in to INDOT's purchasing power and take advantage of prices they may not have been able to get otherwise.
Maginity says INDOT's drivers got in additional training before this winter training season. He said this includes new and veteran drivers. Maginity says that the light snow that hit the area about a week ago was great practice for INDOT drivers. He noted that the snowfall was generally light, but department leaders decided to send out more trucks than they normally would, simply to provide drivers some "real-world" experience and practice.
Maginity adds that the purpose of the week is to educate drivers. He says one of the big issues is safety around snow plows. Maginity says that despite the additional training received by INDOT's drivers, it is still important for you to give yourself plenty of room for snow plows and other drivers in snowy and icy conditions.
Last Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013 6:29:04 PM
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