Road departments getting ready

Posted at 8:03 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 20:03:34-05

The mechanic shop at the Ingham County Road Department has been busy all day getting the trucks ready for winter.

"Converting them from summer maintenance and of course they're loading up salt and fuel for the snow that's predicted for tomorrow," said Managing Director of the Ingham County Road Department Bill Conklin.

The county goes through 15,000 tons of salt every year.

"We're preparing, being the first storm of the year," said Conklin. "We like to be out head of it and help the public get through it safely, so we're loading up completely."

That means 39 drivers and trucks.

"We typically don't turn out and start responding until we start to see that it's gonna accumulate on the roads and create slippery conditions," explained Conklin.

There are three garages filled with a dozen trucks filled with salt ready to go once the snow hits the ground, but there's also some things drivers can do to stay safe on the road.

"Check your new tires, make sure the squirters are working, make sure the blades clean without leaving a big streak on the window," said Frank J. Sierawski with Frankie D's Auto and Truck Repair. "If the anti lock brake light is on, it will not work for you. It's disabled."

He says it's just as important to check your battery too.

"Now a days battery can just give you no warning at all," said Sierawski. "You'll come out one morning, and it'll be dead. That is a huge failure rate in the winter time is the battery."

Drivers should always be careful on the road.

"Remember when the roads get wet or slick, increase that stopping distance between you and the car in front of you," said Lansing Emergency Management Chief Mike Tobin. "The road may look just wet, but ice develops very, very quickly on these roads."

Something the Ingham County Road Department is ready to tackle over the weekend.