District 9 Crews Preparing For Winter Storm
Motorists Advised: “Ice and snow…take it slow!”
Chillicothe – With a winter storm posted to begin during the overnight and continue through tomorrow, Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 crews are gearing up for the next round of ice and snow.
Maintenance forces in the district’s eight counties have been preparing salt trucks and equipment today, loading materials and attaching plows. In addition, crews are planning to go to a 12-hour shift schedule at midnight, as conditions are anticipated to change and snow is expected to move into the area between 1 and 3 a.m.
Although crews will hit the highways at the first sign of snow, motorists are reminded to exercise additional caution at all times and to be especially cautious when traveling over bridges and overpasses. Those who will be traveling throughout this or any winter storm event should reduce their speed, allow additional time to arrive at their destinations and maintain a safe following distance when traveling behind other vehicles.
In addition, ODOT urges motorists to stay clear of snowplow trucks, and the department offers the following tips:
- Distance – Motorists should never tailgate and avoid passing. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of snow clouds.
- Speed – Snowplows and graders travel well below the posted speed limit, so motorists need to be patient.
- Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so while you may see them, they don’t always see you. Motorists must keep their distance and watch for sudden stops.
Other driver safety tips can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us by clicking on the “Ice and Snow” logo, and motorists can also learn about crew activity and travel information before leaving home or work by logging on to www.buckeyetraffic.org.
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, at 1-740-774-8834 or via email at D09.PIO@dot.state.oh.us