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MDOT inspectors preparing plows for winter

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The annual MDOT Pumpkin Parade has taken over MDOT garages around the state.

The event received the name because of the orange color of the snowplows and graders.

They're being primed for when we all see white. In Michigan, that could be anytime this month.

Inspectors closely make sure everything on the snowplows is in tip-top condition.

"We're looking at the blades and making sure the blades work properly, making sure that the salt dispersal system is all calibrated so the salt all comes out at the desired rate, and that all the lights, the engine, everything  is working properly so when it does snow we're ready to go," said Greg Brunner.

What do the plow drivers think about this upcoming winter season? Well, they hope the projected El Nino that is supposed to make it a milder winter actually happens.

Adam Hunt has been an MDOT snowplow driver for about four years. His biggest concern isn’t the snow and ice – it’s the drivers.

"Traffic, you know, cars cutting us off, not paying attention and letting us do our jobs to keep the roads clear and safe for them," Hunt said.

The pleasant weather Michigan is enjoying can’t last forever. And MDOT has one request for drivers once the snow comes down: give them room to groom.

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