OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS - 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
ODOT Cautions Drivers: Sunshine Does Not Mean Resume Speed
COLUMBUS (January 15, 2009) – Even though roads are safe and passable after Ohio was hit with a significant snowstorm less than 24 hours ago, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is urging drivers to remember in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.
With temperatures across much of the state in the single digits, 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.
Drivers may think they can drive the posted speed because the roadway has been plowed and is just wet. Unfortunately, it is not warm enough for the sun to have much effect on the wet pavements. That’s why drivers must remember even under clear skies in Ice and Snow…Take it Snow.
Statewide, ODOT crews are continuing to plow ice and snow off shoulders, berms and ramps. As part of ODOT’s Smart Salt Strategy, crews are using salt mixed with liquid calcium to break up the ice.
ODOT has used liquid calcium, which is also called calcium chloride, when temperatures get below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. ODOT crews will mix the salt and liquid calcium together before loading it onto the plow or directly spread it on a load of salt before heading out on their routes.
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 Nancy Burton, Central Office Communications, at (614) 728-8915
or Becky McCarty, ODOT District 11 Communications Office, at (330) 308-3949.