SEATTLE - The Washington Transportation Department says it will have eight more sanding trucks ready for the next snow storm that hits Seattle-area highways.

The department showed off the pickup trucks Friday at its Seattle maintenance yard. They are being turned into mini-sanders with the addition of hoppers and equipment mounted on the tailgates.

The department has been looking to prevent a repeat of the gridlock that hit Seattle during the Nov. 22 snow. Officials say the pickup truck sanders should be more maneuverable than dump-truck-size sanders.

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