As winter approaches, the Michigan Department of Transportation is preparing for keeping the roads clear during a pandemic.
MDOT shared that its goal is to clear highways to bare pavement as quickly as possible after a snowfall. But they warn that COVID might be slowing down those efforts this year if workers get sick or have to quarantine. State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba said, “Over the years, maintenance workers at the state and local levels have handled everything winter could throw at them but, with the continuing threat of COVID-19, this is going to be an unprecedented winter. We’re working with local agencies and county road commissions to plan for contingencies, but we want drivers to know the pandemic could affect our ability to maintain winter levels of service.”
MDOT reminds drivers that posted speed limits don’t mean much during snowy or icy weather. Vehicle operators are to drive at a “careful and prudent” speed to maintain control of their vehicles.
MDOT has prepared a video with tips on navigating winter roads.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland