INDOT has put forth a historic effort already this winter, logging nearly 4.3 million miles and deploying more than 265,000 tons of granular salt during this record winter. In addition, INDOT has deployed nearly 2.5 million gallons of salt brine on Hoosier highways.
The National Weather Service office in Indianapolis have recorded the second-highest snowfall totals for a winter season on record through Jan. 21. Over the past five years, the average cost of INDOT’s winter operations including overtime, fuel, and salt has been $33.8 million. With this winter a little more than half over, INDOT estimates it has invested more than $31 million in winter operations as of last week.
INDOT’s maintenance budget is funded primarily through vehicle registration fees and an 18-cent tax charged for every gallon of gas. Indiana fuel taxes have not increased in more than a decade.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.