Highway departments in the Wabash Valley prepare for winter

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WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Winter is quickly approaching, and different counties throughout the Wabash Valley are preparing for whatever it may bring.

Scott Manning from the Indiana State Department of Transportation said the state has spent anywhere from $18 million to $32 million on winter operations.

The highway departments in both Knox and Vigo counties said salt supply and plows are stocked and ready for the upcoming months. Each county had salt left over due to the mildness of 2019’s winter.

Knox County purchased six brand new trucks and plows three years ago. They have three more that are 10 years old that will be replaced in two to three years.

“We’ve always got salt ready to go,” Frederick Boyd II, Knox County Engineer Superintendent, said. “We mix sand in the salt for the winter and keep that mixed up ahead of time.”

The county spends close to $40,000 on salt and $8-$10,000 on sand to mix the salt with.

Vigo County bought five brand new trucks and plows for this year. The seats were still covered in the protective plastic that it came with.

“These will hopefully know equate to less breakdowns,” Larry Robbins, County Engineer, said. “We were able to cycle out some of our older tandems that were giving us some issues.”

The county has two salt domes. Each of the domes are currently full.

Vigo County budgets around $200,000 to keep the roads de–iced, but Robbins said it is an important part of taxpayer money since it goes toward the safety of citizens.

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