District 9 Crews Plowing, Patrolling, Treating State Highways
Chillicothe (Tuesday, February 16, 4:30 p.m.) - Although the brunt of the Presidents Day storm has passed through the region and road conditions continue to improve, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 will continue clearing the state highway system through the night.
Working 12-hour shifts, snow plow operators throughout the area will be plowing, treating and patrolling routes to clear remaining snow, plow back shoulders and apply materials where needed to promote melting and prevent ice from forming.
Primary routes throughout much of the area are beginning to become clear, with slush or patches of hard-packed snow remaining. Second and third-priority routes are partly to mostly snow covered, and many roadways - or sections of roadway - continue to be partially covered due to blowing and drifting snow.
While most of the drifting snow has been concentrated in Highland County and northern and western Ross County, blow-ins and drifting snow are also being reported elsewhere in the district, particularly on north-south routes in Adams, Brown, Jackson, Pike, Lawrence and Scioto counties.
Some primary routes, particularly those in the southern portion of the district, are becoming wet and slushy; however, these are likely to be slick and prone to ice conditions or freeze backs.
Motorists are advised of potential black ice and of ice forming on bridges and overpasses, as well as localized areas of drifting snow. They are also reminded to pay heed to ODOT crews, giving snow plow operators room to work. Remember: Don't Crowd the Plow!
During inclement winter weather, motorists should allow additional travel time, reduce their speed and allow plenty of distance between their vehicle and other vehicles on the road. Remember: Ice and Snow…Take it Slow!
For other road condition information, travel advisories and lane restrictions or closures due to weather or accidents, visit ODOT online at www.buckeyetraffic.org
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
ODOT District 9