Ohio Department of Transportation • News Release

DISTRICT 10 • LARRY WOODFORD, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

338 Muskingum Dr Marietta, Ohio 45750

http://www.dot.state.oh.us

MARIETTA (Tuesday, December 22, 2009) - As Southeast Ohio was hit with winter weather this past weekend, ODOT highway crews continued with its Smart Salt Strategy to keep the roads safe and clear of snow and ice.

According to Ray Henry, District 10 Highway Management Analyst, this weekend county crews used a total of 2,178 tons of salt and 2,179 tons of aggregate on more than 4,000 lane miles throughout the district. Year-to-date, District 10 has used 3,108 tons of salt and 3,075 tons of aggregate.

As part of its Smart Salt Strategy, ODOT applies a brine solution to the road before a winter event to prevent frost, black ice, and freezing of the pavement. Snowplows are also equipped with infrared temperature sensors and calibrated salt spreaders to strategically apply salt at the right time and in the exact location.

For salt usage by county, visit District 10's Ice & Snow website

ODOT reminds all drivers - whether their vehicles have 18 wheels or four - that winter driving conditions can change from mile to mile and minute to minute. Drivers need to be in control especially on pavement that is icy and snowy. Best advice: in Ice and Snow… Take it Slow.

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For more information contact:

David Rose, District 10 Communications Office , at (740) 568-3904