Crews Continue Working Throughout Winter Storm
Motorists Advised: “Ice and snow…take it slow!”
Chillicothe – As Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 crews continue their efforts to combat today’s winter weather storm, motorists are reminded to pay heed to weather advisories and remember that in “Ice and snow…take it slow!”
Throughout the area, pavement conditions are slushy and mostly snow covered, as well as icy in spot locations. Precipitation varies from light snow to a mix of snow and freezing rain, with heavier accumulations of precipitation being reported in the southern and eastern part of the district.
While ODOT advises motorists to exercise additional caution when traveling over bridges and to be wary of black ice which may form on wet pavement, the department also encourages those who must travel to be prepared before hitting the highways.
“Being prepared and being patient are two of the keys to safe driving when inclement weather strikes,” said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart. “While we discourage unnecessary travel during these winter storms, we also remind those who must travel to do so with extreme caution by driving slowly, maintaining a safe following distance and being well-prepared for the conditions.”
To help motorists prepare for winter driving, ODOT uses the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is available online at BuckeyeTraffic.org by clicking on the link for Road & Weather Sensors. In addition to pavement conditions, travel information such as crew activity and driver safety tips can also be found on BuckeyeTraffic.
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
For Further Information, Contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio
-- 2:15 p.m., December 16, 2008 --