CRAWFORDSVILLE, --The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will dispatch up to 147 trucks to treat and plow state highways in West Central Indiana. INDOT maintains approximately 5,003 lane miles in the Crawfordsville District.
With the forecast of snow for the area, INDOT operations staff members will have patrols out beginning at 8:00 tonight and continue monitoring weather reports and adapting plans as needed. Currently the plan calls for all crews to report in at midnight. The priority is to keep roads open, maximize the mobility of the traveling public and minimize accidents due to winter traveling conditions.
Trucks from the Crawfordsville, Cloverdale, Frankfort, Fowler and Terre Haute sub-districts will provide around-the-clock coverage by working in alternating 12-hour shifts to monitor the situation and treat or plow roadways as necessary. All of Indiana's interstates, U.S. highways and state roads are divided into snow routes that take INDOT plow drivers an average of two to three hours to complete.
INDOT reminds drivers that on ice and snow, take it slow. Road conditions are typically the most dangerous when precipitation is falling and motorists are encouraged to limit travel during the storm.