Lack of snow this season equating to surplus in salt, less overtime at INDOT

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Fort Wayne, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The lack of winter weather so far this season around the area is welcomed by some, but not by others. Benefiting from this? The Indiana Department of Transportation, and you, the taxpayer. Fort Wayne’s NBC Meteorologist Jon Wilson has more on that.

The last few months have had some cold days and a little snow, but it hasn’t came close to as cold or as snowy as what it could be.

Wednesday’s light snowfall ended with half an inch of accumulation in Fort Wayne. That ranks as the second snowiest day in the fort so far since last winter. If you’re wondering what the first was, it was November 9th at 1.1″. The lack of snow has allowed INDOT to save on winter weather related expenses such as salt and extra employee hours.

INDOT Fort Wayne District Media Relations Director, Nichole Thomas says, “Labor costs this year so far, from November 1st to today are 15% of what they were last year. We’ve used about 9 tons of salt so far this year, so our salt domes are stocked and ready to go whenever that snow does come.”

For a comparison on the salt use, Thomas says they used 84 tons back in 2014. With the lack of snow to plow, INDOT is focusing on pavement preservation.

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