ODOT Equipment Ready To Maintain Safety during Ice and Snow Season
Motorists Reminded: “Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.”
DELAWARE, Ohio (October 13, 2009) – As the first cool temperatures begin to come through the region, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is preparing for the 2009-2010 winter season by reading its snow-clearing equipment to keep its roadways safe for the motoring public.
Throughout October and November, ODOT’s maintenance forces will hold a series of Operational Readiness Events in each of the state’s 88 counties, to endure every plow, truck and spreader is road ready.
In Central Ohio, ODOT’s District 6 will be hosting two events per day October 13 – 21, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the ODOT’s Washington Court House facility. Here is the schedule for all the operational readiness events:
Wednesday Oct. 14 Madison Co. Thursday Oct. 15 Pickaway Co. Friday Oct. 16 Delaware Co.
8:00 a.m. London & Mt. Sterling Circleville 8:00 a.m. Delaware & Berkshire 8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m. West Jefferson Grove City (Franklin County) 12:00 Marysville (Union Co.) 12:00
Monday Oct. 19 Morrow Co. Tuesday Oct. 20 Franklin Co. Wednesday Oct. 21 Franklin Co.
Mt. Gilead/Chesterville 8:00 a.m. Hilliard 7:30 a.m. 5th Ave. 7:30 a.m.
Marion (Marion Co.) 10:30 a.m. Westerville 10:30 a.m. Worthington 10:30 a.m.
Across the state, ODOT will have more than 1,700 plow trucks and 3,000 drivers ready to clear ice and snow when the first storms arrive. ODOT maintains nearly 43,000 lanes miles of highway, which carries approximately two-thirds of the state’s average daily traffic. ODOT District 6 maintains more than 4,700 lane miles, ramps, and bridges on State Routes, Interstates and U.S. Routes in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties.
ODOT crews have years of training, expertise and experience in removing ice and snow from highways. Yearly refresher courses are also offered to drivers on new technologies and practices to help drivers keep the public safe. Click on the link, http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D06/iceandsnow to see ODOT drivers in action during one such training exercise this past summer.
“With all modes of transportation, safety is priority one,” said ODOT District 6 Deputy Director Thomas J. Wester. “This includes maintaining a safe and manageable infrastructure and working in a safety-conscious manner.” In addition to maintaining safe roadways through traditional means, education is an important part of roadway safety during the winter season.
So ODOT is reminding motorists that in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.
Beyond the plows and salt this winter season, ODOT will encourage drivers to be prepared. The first snow storm usually seems to be the worst because many motorists forget the winter driving skills they developed last year. Being a careful and informed driver is the best way motorists can travel safely. ODOT’s best advice: in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.
Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto www.BuckeyeTraffic.org. Last winter, ODOT’s premier website received more than 117 million hits during the winter driving season.