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INDOT ready for full callout as dangerous weather approaches

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INDIANA (WFIE) -

Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana Department of Transportation to be ready for a full callout across most of the state as dangerous winter weather approaches. 

Shops remain open at maintenance facilities around the state as INDOT mechanics service and ready yellow plow trucks for around-the-clock operation and arctic temperatures.

The agency is also readying its fleet of pickup trucks to deliver parts to stalled vehicles or rescue drivers if necessary. INDOT maintains a small amount of older, "spare" plow trucks to ensure that all routes are plowed. 

"INDOT will use all necessary resources to keep the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes open and as safe as possible for emergency responders," said Governor Pence. "Hoosiers can do their part by following county travel advisories and staying off the roads, both during the storm and the blowing and drifting that follows. Do not put yourselves or your local emergency responders in harm's way." 

Pence has also activated 24 Highway Assistance Teams with the Indiana National Guard, consisting of 96 individuals, to rescue stranded motorists and assist local EMS in reaching individuals who need medical attention. Each team has four individuals and two vehicles. 

The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep its phone lines open for emergencies and to access road conditions at http://indot.carsprogram.org/ or by dialing toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623).

For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visithttp://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/. 

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