Plow drivers aim to keep roads safe for Montanans - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Plow drivers aim to keep roads safe for Montanans

Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:55 AM Updated:

Snow plows headed out early Friday morning to prepare the roads for the incoming snow storm.

Plow drivers with the Montana Department of Transportation usually have two days to prepare for a snow storm.

Great Falls Section Supervisor Scott Western says they take care of about 187 lane miles of roads in the area.

"We take care of the interstate, I-15 from Ulm to Vaughn. We take care of the primary roads, such as Highway 87 north heading towards Fort Benton. Then we also have numerous secondary roads,” Western said.

The MDT makes sure they have 24-hour coverage when a snow storm hits the area.

There are 56 plows in the area that can be on the road at any given time.

“We are usually out in the worse of conditions. The visibility is poor. We have to contend with the traffic, let alone other hidden obstacles,” Western said.

Western says that if you have to be on the roads, slow down whether you're driving in town, or out on the highway, as conditions will be changing.

"Always travel with your lights on in poor visibility, don't crowd the plow, stay back give us room to work, these plow trucks create a very large snow plow you can get into poor visibility right there and end up losing control or getting in an accident."

When you see plows out, make sure to stay back and give the plows room to work, as they are driving in the same conditions as you.

"We work for the public and we try to keep the roads as safe and passable as possible."

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