ODOT Crews Battling Winter Storm
Motorists Urged To Exercise Extreme Caution
Chillicothe – As the region gets hit with heavy snow today and more in the forecast for Saturday, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 continue their efforts to battle winter weather conditions.
In District 9, more than 100 ODOT crews are anticipated to be on state and federal highway system routes at any given time during the storm. The equipment is large and slow-moving, and operators must contend with limited visibility. So ODOT reminds motorists to give snowplow operators room to work, staying clear of the massive trucks.
“During storms such as this, our drivers have a tremendous task at hand, and they work very hard to improve the safety of our roads,” said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart. “However, motorists can make a substantial contribution by exercising additional caution when driving during winter storms.”
As crews continue to treat and plow the highways, motorists 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. In addition, ODOT urges motorists to stay clear of snowplows and graders and offers the following tips:
· Distance – Motorists should never tailgate and avoid passing. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
· Speed – Snowplows and graders travel below the posted speed limit, so motorists need to be patient. Ice and Snow…Take it Slow!
· Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so while you may see them, they don’t always see you. Motorists must keep their distance and watch for sudden stops.
Motorists can also learn about up-to-date closures and delays before leaving home or work by logging on to www.buckeyetraffic.org. The site was recently upgraded to include the latest mapping technology, allowing motorists to view road conditions, construction information, live traffic cameras, and events that may affect their travel.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501 ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio