Winter Weather To Hit Southern Ohio Tonight
District 9 Crews Ready For Next Storm
Chillicothe (Monday, January 5, 2015) – With a winter storm moving into Ohio later tonight, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 maintenance facilities are gearing up and getting ready to hit the pavement.
In preparation for tonight’s snow, crews have been prepping equipment and pre-treating four-lane and primary two-lane routes today with brine. While note a cure-all for combatting snow and ice, the application of liquid salt brine prior to a storm will help to keep snow from sticking to the pavement and prevent some freezing conditions at the storm’s onset.
Currently, the National Weather Service is calling for snow to move into the area between 11 p.m. and midnight, with snow accumulations of one to three inches along District 9’s southern corridor and more in the northern part of the district. As the storm progresses, crews will be dispatched to work 12-hour shifts with the first shift beginning at 11 p.m.
Although ODOT crews are ready to go and will be working to clear roadways, motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution when traveling during inclement weather. Drivers should follow these safe-driving practices:
· Reduce their speed;
· Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly;
· Allow additional travel time; and
· Maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles.
Motorists are also reminded to give ODOT crews room to work. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so it is important that drivers keep their distance and watch for sudden stops. For more safe driving tips and statewide road condition information, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio