Winter highway maintenance

During the 2011-2012 winter season, Iowa DOT maintenance crews:

  • Plowed approximately 24,000 lane miles of roadway each winter storm event, which is nearly equivalent to a trip around the earth. (The circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,902 miles.)

  • Used 62,381 tons of salt (five-year average 203,164), 10,658 tons of sand (five-year average 34,571) and 10.52 million gallons of salt brine (five-year average 15.48 million).

  • Worked 246,060 hours performing winter operations duties.