INDOT issues full call-out for snowplow crews tonight

Indiana’s Department of Transportation plow/salt truck drivers are on full call-out tonight across the entire Southeast District—from Corydon and Sellersburg to Madison and Aurora, to Greensburg, Greenwood, Columbus and Bloomington.

Overnight weather promises freezing rain and icy conditions along the Ohio River with potential for several inches of snow throughout the central and northern parts of the district.

Most of INDOT Southeast District’s 170 plow trucks will be dispatched to designated snow routes by 9 p.m. All will be patrolling state highways and interstates by midnight. All subdistrict garages will be staffed with mechanics until the snow/ice event subsides.

The Columbus subdistrict will have 34 plow trucks out overnight, INDOT officials said.

All Indiana highways have been pre-treated with brine or have residual salt in place. But forecasters anticipate wet conditions at the front edge of tonight’s storm that could wash away any existing ice inhibitors. That means granular salt will be continuously applied— until no longer needed — as plow trucks make their runs. INDOT officials ask that motorists give the yellow trucks plenty of room to maneuver, follow at safe distances and stay out of operator blind spots.