MDOT preps for 1st snowfall of the season

Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger

SAGINAW, Mich. -- With the first significant snowfall of the season approaching, MDOT crews are working hard to get their fleet of snow plows ready.

"What we want to do is take an opportunity to go over all of our trucks, our winter maintenance vehicles with a fine tooth comb make sure blades are going up and down how they need to be, lights are working, trucks are running the way that we need them," says Jocelyn Hall, MDOT's Bay Region Communication Representative.

The maintenance was scheduled in the summer, but with the impending snowfall, comes at the perfect time.

"The first snowfall is always kind of a challenge for motorists," says Hall. "It’s easy to forget what it feels like to drive on snow and ice."

"I don’t like driving in the winter period," says Liz Smith of Lachine. "I live up north so I get all the snow and ice."

While road crews are doing everything they can to keep the roads safe, drivers need to do their part.

"Take your time, don’t be in a hurry," says Smith. "Just drive safe."

"Maintaining a safe distance behind our trucks is essential," says Hall. "Those plows are out there to do a job and they want to clear the roads as quickly and safely as possible."

Thanks to cameras on those plow trucks, drivers can use MDOT's mobile website to see what the road conditions are like in their area.

"Sometimes that’s helpful for motorist before they head out," says Hall. "They like to get a visual of what the road looks like so they know what they are getting themselves into."

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