District 9 Crews Preparing For Winter Storm
Motorists Advised: “Ice and snow…take it slow!”
Chillicothe – With forecasts calling for a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow, Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 crews are gearing up for snow and ice control tonight.
Although routes throughout the southern Ohio area are wet presently, conditions are anticipated to change and a mix of freezing rain and snow are predicted as the temperature falls during the evening and overnight hours.
“Our crews will be ready to hit the highways as the conditions warrant, but during winter weather storms, these conditions change quickly and with little or no warning, so it is imperative that motorists be well-prepared when they travel,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart.
As always, motorists are advised to exercise extreme 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 snowplows and graders, 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 the snow cloud.
- Speed – Snowplows and graders travel well below the posted speed limit, so motorists need to be patient. Ice and snow…take it slow!
- 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 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
(4:35 p.m. - December 15, 2008)