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MDOT Works To Clear Roads After Snowfall

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Monday's winter weather advisory sent snow plow trucks out onto the roads to salt early in the morning. It was only the second snowfall of the season, but the Michigan Department of Transportation is still being careful to make sure they have enough supplies to make it through the winter.

One of MDOT's primary goals is to clear all interstate, U.S. and M routes during winter storms. MDOT spokesperson Steve Palmer says the 10 counties that make up the region are in good shape.

"Sometimes mother nature comes in like a lion and hits early and often," said Palmer.  

So far, 2011 has not been too vicious, which Steve Palmer says has resulted in a drastic drop in salt usage.

"We're approximately 40 percent on use from where we were last year," said Palmer.

That equates to 6,000 tons of salt used to date and Palmer says there is enough in the budget for up to 70,000 tons.

"Each event presents it's own challenge but we have a highly skilled an experienced work force to meet those changing conditions," said Palmer.

The workforce that was busy Monday. 20 drivers were deployed in Ingham County alone, but they weren't the only ones struggling with mother nature.

Crews in Lansing worked on recovering an SUV that lost control on 127 Monday morning, flipping over the guardrail and landing in the ditch.

"This is the first time of the year and people don't quite understand that conditions are treacherous," said Palmer.

Those involved were taken to a nearby hospital for observation. A similar situation also occurred over in Mason.

"The runs started about 8:30- 9:00 and every agency has been running since this morning," said Chief Kerry Minshall, Mason Fire Department.

The Mason Fire Department responded to a head on collision just before noon Monday. Chief Minshall says it could have been avoided by one simple tip.

"Welcome to Michigan, it's that time of year, so let's slow down and take it easy," said Chief Minshall. 

Palmer says should the 10-county region run out of the $4 million budget for this winter season, a contingency plan is in place for winter maintenance. Officials want to remind drivers to drive slow and allow plenty of room for salt trucks to do their job.

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