The Maintenance Before the Storm

Published 02/17 2014 07:52PM

Updated 02/18 2014 08:40AM


If you’ve been out on the roads, you've probably seen Indiana Department of Transportation crews hard at work trying to clear the highways.  Have you ever thought about what it takes for the snow plows to be ready for a storm like this? 

 INDOT’s snow plows have been busy this winter, but when they aren’t on the roads clearing the way, they are getting a tune-up inside INDOT’s maintenance shop.  Toni Mayo, spokesperson, INDOT, says the brutal weather has kept mechanics busier this winter compared to years past.    

“It's kind of like working in a factory. It's the same pieces and parts that need to be repaired and we need do it because we need to keep our trucks running because we know that the roads need to stay open,” said Mayo. 

 And it isn’t cheap to keep these trucks running. The totals from this years first big storm, “The equipment total was about $500,000 and the bills are still coming in and that was just one week.,” said Mayo. 

Mechanics are working around the clock to keep the oil changed and tires filled.  Mayo says it’s the little things that make the difference and ultimately helps plow drivers clear the roads faster for you.

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