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Ice Ice Baby…and
Some Snow, Too
District 9 Crews Ready For Next
Chillicothe (Tuesday, February 6,
2018) – With ice and snow and a mix of the two heading this way, maintenance
crews and staff from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 are gearing
up for what may be a nasty dose of winter weather.
The National Weather
Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect tonight through
Wednesday afternoon, and the forecast for much of District 9’s eight-county
region calls for a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Although
total accumulations will vary across the area, currently it is anticipated higher
ice accretions will form along the southern corridor of the district with greater
snow accumulations to the north.
Along with keeping an eye
on the forecast today, February 6, crews are prepping equipment and loading
trucks in advance of the storm moving into the area later tonight. Then, beginning
at midnight, snowplow operators will go on 12-hour shifts, and throughout the
storm, there will be more than 100 crews on duty patrolling, treating and
plowing as needed.
While our crews in
District 9 are getting ready for the next snow and ice event, motorists
should also be prepared for winter driving conditions. Rain can change to freezing
rain and sleet quickly as the temperature falls, and wet pavement – even if
it’s been treated – can turn icy without warning.
In addition to
planning ahead and allowing additional travel time, especially for the
commute tomorrow morning, motorists are reminded to give crews plenty of room
to work. Snowplow operators drive at speeds well below the posted limit and
their field of vision is restricted, so motorists need to use caution when
approaching a plow truck.
ODOT District 9
includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto
counties. As of January 31, 2018, District 9’s crews had used 28,912 tons of
salt and worked more than 34,150 hours plowing snow and ice. This compares to
last year’s season-to-date numbers of 12,785 tons of salt used and 19,045
hours logged during snow and ice events from November 1, 2016 to February 1, 2017.
review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal
environmental laws for these projects are being, or have been, carried out by
ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated
December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.