INDIANAPOLIS — Did you see snow vans and salters on the roads Tuesday afternoon? No want to fret, there isn’t any snow within the forecast simply but.
Indiana Department of Transportation drivers had been doing a “mock snow occasion” trial to organize for the winter season forward. This was the final part of their winter climate preparedness.
INDOT additionally needed to check out some new options that the general public will be capable of use this coming season. New know-how has been added to the vans to measure how a lot salt is getting used and the place it was dropped. New cameras have been put in on vans this 12 months that the general public can watch reside throughout snowfall occasions. These cameras present what the street circumstances can be like when the vans are out on their routes.
In keeping with Mallory Duncan, strategic communication director for INDOT, they aren’t brief staffed on drivers, however they’re at all times hiring for seasonal positions.
Duncan additionally mentioned they needed to do a observe run with new drivers, new tools and totally different routes round all the building across the metropolis.
Johnny Perkins, a driver with INDOT for 10 years, mentioned this occasion is to ensure all the tools is as much as par earlier than they get out on the street.
“We don’t need to take out a bit of kit on the street and it not do what it’s purported to do and have to show round and are available again,” Perkins mentioned.
Perkins added that INDOT prepares them with courses and knowledge when new know-how or tools is introduced in so drivers are ready for the upcoming season.
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