District 9 Crews Will Continue Working Through Evening Rush
Remember: Ice and Snow…Take it Slow!
Chillicothe (Friday, January 21, 2011, 3:15 p.m.) – Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 crews will continue working through the early evening hours to combat the elements from this season’s latest dose of inclement weather.
Crews have been plowing and treating throughout the day to clear as much snow and ice as possible during daylight hours. However, periodic wind gusts and temperatures well below freezing are keeping pavement in most of the area covered with packed snow and ice.
Currently, conditions have improved on the district’s four-lane corridors and some primary two-lane routes where materials, sunlight and traffic have worked to break apart the snow and ice. Pavement conditions on these routes vary from partly snow covered to wet and slushy. And while conditions are improving on primary rotues, second and third priority routes remain mostly snow covered and icy this afternoon.
Although crews will be working during the evening drive time, motorists are reminded to continue exerciseing extreme caution. Routes where pavement is wet will be slick, and ice can form quickly – especially after nightfall.
Motorists are also reminded that conditions can change from mile to mile and minute to minute, and they are advised to heed the following:
· Reduce your speed and allow additional travel time.
· Maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles and avoid passing.
· Give snowplow operators room to work – their field of vision is limited, so keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.
For more road condition information, winter driving tips and road closures due weather or accidents, visit BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information contact: Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
740-774-8834 (office) & 740-637-9037 (mobile)