Conditions Improving, Crews Continue Treating Highways
Motorists Reminded: Don’t Crowd the Plow
Chillicothe – Pavement conditions throughout the area have improved significantly as crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 continue to combat ice and snow.
Most routes are becoming clear and wet, with slush remaining along the shoulder and centerline; some secondary routes remain partly snow covered, with heavy slush also present. Currently, ODOT forces are plowing roadways and treating as needed, and they will remain on the state highway system throughout the evening and overnight hours to continue these efforts.
Of course, as crews continue to battle ice and snow conditions, ODOT wants to remind motorists to give snowplow trucks room to work. Snowplow trucks plow far and wide – sometimes very wide. The front plow extends several feet in front of the truck and may cross the road’s centerline and shoulder. To avoid vehicle damage, motorists should not tailgate or travel beside a plow for long periods of time.
In addition, snowplow truck operators need to make sudden stops, travel much slower than posted speeds, and exit the road frequently. They also spread deicing materials, which may distract drivers following too closely. Because motorists drive in ice and snow so few days out of the year, it’s easy to forget what is safe and what is not. Some tips for driving near a snowplow include:
· Don’t Crowd the Plow: A snowplow driver’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you.
· Watch for Clouds of Snow: Snowplows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react.
· Keep Lights and Windows Clear: Clear snow from your vehicle’s windows and lights, and drive with your lights on.
During winter months, travel conditions can change from mile to mile, minute to minute, so it’s also up to drivers to exercise caution to keep Ohio’s highways safe. Remember, when driving in ice and snow…take it slow.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501 ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio