ODOT READY TO
BATTLE NORTHWEST OHIO WINTER
final equipment checks and employees refreshed their skills
COLUMBUS – Winter weather is here. Annually, the Ohio Department
of Transportation makes final preparations to ensure equipment and
employees are ready for whatever Old Man Winter throws our way.
of ODOT’s 1,629 trucks received a 150-point check as part of annual
county-by-county Operational Readiness Inspections. This gave ODOT’s
273 mechanics a chance to identify any equipment issues and make
necessary repairs before the snow began to fall.
people think of ODOT, one of the first things they think of is our
ability to clear snow and ice from the road,” said ODOT Director Jerry
Wray. “It’s a job we take very seriously because we know it is vital to
making sure people and goods can safely reach their destination.”
goal is to have primary routes back up to speed within two hours of the
end of a storm. It’s a goal that ODOT crews met 97 percent of the time
past winter was one of the busiest for ODOT with crews spending more
than 1.1 million hours battling snow and ice. Snow plow trucks were
driven 10,563,562 miles - that’s like 22 trips to the Moon and back.
ODOT used 954,215 tons of salt and 14,532,254 gallons of liquid deicers
to treat 43,479 lane miles of roadway.
be sure to give our drivers plenty of room to work. Plow trucks
typically move much slower than other traffic, so be extra alert when
driving near them. Last winter, our trucks were struck 64 times.
newly redesigned OHGO.com allows you to see real-time travel conditions
with more than 600 traffic cameras, weather sensors, and traffic
alerts. You can also receive customized traffic alerts with the OHGO
app for Android
devices and the iPhone.
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