MDOT: Plow Trucks Will Reduce Speed
November 30, 2011 by WLKM
The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced its plow trucks will be reducing their speed this winter in an effort to save money.
A department press release stated the reduction to 25 miles per hour in the nine-county Southwest Region means salt molecules will bounce less and not scatter off the roadway as experienced when trucks operate the normal 35 to 45 miles per hour.
Spokesman Nick Schirripa said department officials estimate the reduction in speed will save 30 to 40 percent more road salt in the region this winter, translating into about $100,000 in savings.
MDOT said motorists are urged to exercise caution around the slow-moving trucks as they conform to the nationally recommended standard speed for salt-spreading trucks.