Indiana Prepares For Winter As Northeast Hit By Early Snow

The storms in the Northeast has caused Indiana departments to start preparing for a harsh winter.

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Indiana officials are trying to prepare early for winter storms, so they can keep the roads from dangerous conditions.

In light of the snowstorm back east this past weekend, highway departments across Indiana are prepping for “winter surprises.”

Howard County Highway Department Supervisor Ted Cain says snow is definitely a four-letter word. Last year, the county spent about $80,000 on more than 4,800 tons of sand, salt and chips, and they are planning for about that much this year.

“You know, we‘ll be ready for winter. Right now, we’re getting our salt and sand mixed up so we can get our barns ready to bring in some more salt,” he says.

Cain says winters usually average out in terms of cost. He says they have about two-dozen trucks, rigs and the same amount of workers ready for what winter may bring.

Johnson County Highway Department Deputy Director Matt Olson says his county spent about $140,000 for 2400 tons of just salt used last winter. Olson says they allocated about that much for this coming winter and they try to save money however they can.

”We go through the state, the state bidding process and bid with the state of Indiana to give us a better rate because the bulk buying power, a lot of cities and towns are going with that now,” he says.

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