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INDOT's Plan To Clear Roads Of Snow Includes Use Of Over 1,000 Trucks

INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness says 65 trucks will be on the roads in Indianapolis and around 200 trucks will be out across central Indiana to keep the snow off the roads this weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The plan to keep Indiana's state roads and interstates clear of snow this weekend includes the use of over 1,000 snow and salt trucks across the state.

"By looking at the forecast and the maps, it's potentially all 92 counties [that may be affected]," says Joe McGuinness, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

About 65 snow and salt trucks will be on the roads in the Indianapolis area says McGuinness, while around 200 trucks will be out across central Indiana, which could see up to seven inches of snow by early Sunday morning according to the National Weather Service.

McGuiness says INDOT's trucks have already been out applying brine to the roads, which is a liquid salt solution that keeps snow from bonding to the roads and makes it easier for the snow to be plowed. 

McGuinness is asking drivers to be extra careful while sharing the roads with the snow and salt trucks.

On Thursday, a 19-year-old Zionsville man was killed when he crashed his car into the back of a stopped INDOT plow truck on Michigan Road near 86th Street on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

"Just make that sure you're paying attention.  Give them plenty of space.  [The trucks] are pushing snow and snow can be heavy.  If you trying to pass [a plow truck] and the blade is turning that direction, it may be an unfortunate event," says McGuinness.
 

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