Overnight Shift Continuing To Combat Snow
Chillicothe (Monday, February 15, 11:15 p.m.) - Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 will be working during the overnight hours to combat a winter storm that has already dumped up to seven inches of snow on some parts of the region.
With snow continuing to fall, roadways throughout the area are snow covered. And although crews are plowing and treating the state highway system, primary routes are likely to remain mostly snow covered and second and third-priority routes will be snow covered through the overnight and morning hours due to the additional accumulation that is expected.
Along with additional snow, ODOT crews are combating blowing and drifting snow on numerous routes, particularly in Highland, Ross and northern Adams and Brown counties. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when traveling through flat areas, as well as over hills and in curves where snow may drift and cover plowed surfaces.
In addition to hills and curves, motorists are also advised to pay heed to bridges and overpasses, which are likely to freeze more quickly than surface pavement and are susceptible to ice.
Crews will continue their efforts to treat and plow the state highway system; however, motorists are reminded to exercise extreme caution, remembering that conditions can change from minute to minute and from mile to mile.
While unnecessary travel is discouraged, those who must travel during inclement weather should allow additional travel time, provide a safe following distance behind other vehicles, and reduce their speed significantly. Remember: Ice and Snow...Take it Slow!
It is also recommended that motorists check their local forecasts and road level emergencies posted by law enforcement before heading out. For other road condition information, travel advisories and lane restrictions or closures due to weather or accidents, visit ODOT online at www.buckeyetraffic.org
With more than 100 snow plows in operation, District 9 drivers cover more than 4,000 lane miles of roadway in Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
ODOT District 9