ODOT cautions drivers: extreme cold and wind chills can lead to icy roads
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, January 06, 2014) – Even though most eastern Ohio roads are safe and passable this morning, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 office is urging drivers to remember in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.
With a winter weather advisory and wind chill warning in effect for much of the state through Wednesday, it’s important for motorists to understand how quickly wet roadways can freeze, creating dangerous patches of ice. A winter weather advisory means that snow and a flash freeze of wet roads are possible and can cause travel difficulties.
Drivers may think they can drive the posted speed, because the roadway has been plowed and treated and is just wet. Wind chills are predicted as low as 36 below due to temperatures of 10 to 16 above zero and winds of 15 to 35 mph. The lowest wind chill values are expected tomorrow morning, and with visibility reduced at night and in the early morning hours, drivers need to be cautious of black ice.
In extreme cold conditions, ODOT combines rock salt with liquid calcium chloride to better melt ice. This salt additive is effective on roadways with pavement temperatures up to negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
Throughout severe winter events, ODOT crews constantly monitor pavement conditions with road sensors scattered throughout the state and treat areas that are re-freezing. Additionally, ODOT plow trucks have infrared temperature sensors which allow operators to see the exact surface temperature of the roadways, so they apply the right material. Current air temperature, surface status and temperature, and visibility among other things are easy to view by visiting ODOT’s Web site for traffic and road condition information www.ohgo.com and selecting the Road Sensors icon located on the menu at the right side of the page.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information, contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us