ODOT Plans Pre-Storm Prep
District 9 Crews Scheduled To Pre-treat Tonight
Chillicothe (Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – 4:35 p.m.) -- Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 will be working during the overnight to pre-treat routes in advance of tomorrow’s forecasted winter storm.
Maintenance forces in the district’s eight counties will begin applying brine and pre-wetted salt to various routes throughout the area, focusing their efforts on the four-lane arteries through Adams, Brown, Jackson, Pike, Lawrence, Ross and Scioto counties, as well as the primary two-lane routes in Highland County.
Under the right conditions, the application of liquid salt brine and other materials prior to a storm will help keep snow from sticking to the pavement and prevent some freezing conditions at the storm’s onset. While note a cure-all for controlling the weather and combatting snow and ice, the salt brine application is another tool that is used to provide a better level of service to motorists who are on the highways when a storm first hits.
In addition to tonight's efforts, crews have also been working today to ready salt trucks and equipment today by loading materials and attaching plows in preparation for the storm that is expected to arrive by late morning.
Although crews will hit the highways at the first sign of snow, motorists are reminded to exercise additional caution at all times and to be especially cautious when traveling over bridges and overpasses. Those who will be traveling throughout this or any winter storm event should reduce their speed, allow additional travel time and maintain a safe following distance when traveling behind other vehicles.
In addition, ODOT urges motorists to stay clear of snowplow trucks, and the department offers the following tips:
- Distance – Motorists should never tailgate and avoid passing. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of snow clouds.
- Speed – Snowplows and graders travel well below the posted speed limit, so motorists need to be patient.
- 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.
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, at 1-740-774-8834 or via email at D09.PIO@dot.state.oh.us