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INDOT prepares for Mother Nature

INDOT inspectors out of Indianapolis were at the Shipshewana substation Monday afternoon to inspect the crew trucks and snowplow trucks that will be taking to the roads soon to keep state highways clear of snow and ice.

Crews brought each truck into the station’s main garage as the two inspectors went over the trucks, looking for missing lights, ensuring that all the systems worked correctly, and even checking all safety equipment including first aid kits. The trucks got a bumper-to-bumper examination, with special attention paid to the mechanical systems, particularly the steering, engine and brakes.

Any issues were noted and will be addressed by INDOT mechanics prior to the first snowfall or ice event, INDOT said.

Substation foreman Art Evans said that the Shipshewana location has a total of seven snowplow trucks, which handle six routes. Each route is around 50 to 60 miles, he added. In all, the substation has 10 INDOT employees.

Overall, the INDOT Ft. Wayne District is responsible for 140 snow routes, covering 17 counties in Northeast Indiana, which includes 4,799 lane miles, 525 lane miles of interstate roads, and 742 state bridges.