It’s Back! Winter Weather Returns To Southern Ohio
District 9 Crews Ready For Next Storm
Chillicothe (Thursday, December 05, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.) – The calendar says that it’s still fall, but winter weather is back and perhaps with a vengeance.
With a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow in the forecast for much of the area, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 have been getting ready for the next winter storm. Snowplow operators have already attached plow blades and loaded their trucks with de-icing material, and in most of the district’s eight counties, they will go to 12-hour shifts beginning at midnight tonight.
Although ODOT crews are ready to go and will be treating and plowing routes as needed, motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution when traveling during inclement weather. Drivers should follow these safe-driving practices:
· Reduce their speed;
· Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly;
· Allow additional travel time; and
· Maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles.
Motorists are also reminded to give ODOT crews room to work. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so it is important that drivers keep their distance and watch for sudden stops. For more safe driving tips and statewide road condition information, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio