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Bracing for winter: MDOT inspects trucks ahead of winter operations

The Michigan Department of Transportation's eastside garage held winter maintenance operations inspections Tuesday.  (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation's eastside garage held winter maintenance operations inspections Tuesday.

These inspections used to be called the ‘pumpkin parade’ and are a way for MDOT to prepare their entire fleet for I-75 snow and ice removal.

When the snow does start to fall, they want to be ready to go anytime day or night.

The inspectors came from Lansing to check lights, brakes and anything that could need maintenance.

"By inspecting these trucks we get to find if there is any missing lights or if the brakes or anything that could need maintenance and gets addressed before the snow flies and before the weather turns wintery,” said Jack Hofweber of MDOT.

MDOT reminds drivers when you see their green lights, give them room to groom, pay attention to the vehicles behind you and most importantly be careful.

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