ODOT Cautions Drivers: Week of Extremely Cold Temps and Continued Snow Showers Forecasted
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, January 4, 2010) – Even though crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 have been out nonstop for days treating and plowing eastern Ohio roadways and will continue efforts to keep roads safe and passable, motorists need to be aware that extremely cold temperatures can make winter driving conditions extra tricky.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Richard Bible, said "Drivers may think they can drive the posted speed, because the roadway has been plowed and appears wet. Unfortunately, it is not warm enough for the sun to have much effect on the wet pavements, so drivers must remember even under clear skies in Ice and Snow…Take it Snow."
Temperatures across eastern Ohio are not expected to reach above 25-degrees this week. Roadways that are wet can freeze instantly, creating dangerous patches of ice. With visibility reduced at night, drivers need to be cautious of black ice.
At 20-degrees Fahrenheit, the effectiveness of rock salt – which since the 1930s has been the most-utilized, efficient, and cost-effective ice-fighting material for keeping highways and bridges safe in the winter – is reduced by over 80 percent, requiring five times as much application. Therefore, ODOT uses liquid calcium chloride when temperatures fall below 25-degrees Fahrenheit. ODOT crews will mix the salt and liquid calcium together before loading it onto the trucks or directly spread it on a load of salt before heading out on their routes. Crews will also continue to use grit mixtures or abrasives to provide better traction.
For safer winter driving, get the most up-to-date traffic information and 24-hour road conditions at www.buckeyetraffic.org.
For more information contact:
Becky (McCarty) Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us