ODOT, KYTC Ready for Ice and Snow
Agencies Teaming Up To Promote Motorists’ Safety
Chillicothe – With winter weather already here, the Ohio Department of Transportation has geared up its equipment and personnel to combat the elements, and now ODOT District 9 is teaming up with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to remind motorists that in “Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.”
Like most Midwest states, Ohio has seen a dramatic increase in the price of rock salt—on average about $62 per ton compared to last year’s cost of $42 a ton. This, coupled with record high prices for gasoline and diesel fuel, means the department must intensify efforts to use the best training for ODOT crews, the most up-to-date technologies, and the best practices that increase efficiency, reduce costs and ensure continued safety.
“While our level of service will not diminish and our crews will be out working to keep roadways safe, it is important that motorists are well-prepared to exercise additional caution when traveling during inclement weather,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart.
Both ODOT and KYTC encourage drivers to be prepared for winter weather driving by remembering their driving skills. Staying alert and being a careful, informed driver is the best way motorists can travel safely during inclement weather. It is also important to remember that posted speed limits are appropriate when pavement is clear and dry, but that motorists should drive well below the limit when bad weather strikes. Their best advice: “Ice and snow…take it slow.”
Across the state, ODOT has more than 1,700 plow trucks and more than 3,000 drivers ready to clear ice and snow on the nearly 39,000 lane miles of highway it maintains. This year, ODOT is implementing a “Smart Salt Strategy” for keeping highways safe by using the right amount of salt and personnel at the right times and locations. This approach is designed to make certain that the department is as efficient as possible with the salt on hand while still ensuring continued safety on our roads.
The Smart Salt Strategy includes the use of infrared temperature sensors which allow crews to see the exact surface temperature of the roadways and apply materials only where needed; calibrated salt spreaders on ODOT snow plows that allow crews to adjust the application of ice-melting materials; and road-gripping additives (sand or grit) mixed with salt and brine to provide more traction, especially on less-traveled roadways.
Motorists can also obtain road conditions by logging onto ODOT’s website: www.buckeyetraffic.org.
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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