Ice and snow…take it slow!
Lawrence County Crews Patrolling For “Black Ice”
Chillicothe (Friday, December 18, 2009) – Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Lawrence County Highway Maintenance Facility have been dispatched to treat the state and federal highways for icy conditions this afternoon.
Areas of “black ice” – the thin, transparent film of ice that forms on wet pavement and is difficult to see – have been reported at various locations throughout the county, and crews are patrolling and treating as needed.
Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution and to be especially cautious when traveling over bridges and overpasses where pavement is colder and prone to freezing. Black ice forms first on bridges and overpasses because air can circulate both above and below the surface of the elevated roadway, causing the temperature to drop more rapidly than on regular pavement.
Those who are traveling are reminded to reduce their speed, allow additional time to arrive at their destinations and maintain a safe following distance when traveling behind other vehicles.
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.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, 1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 (toll free in Ohio) or 1-740-774-8834 (direct line & outside Ohio)