ODOT is ready for Winter
Fall inspections ensure snow fighting equipment in working order
COLUMBUS (Thursday, October 3, 2013) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is always on-call to respond to all types of weather conditions – floods, tornados, mudslides, and snow and ice storms – and with winter just around the corner, ODOT is making sure all snow fighting equipment is ready to go.
“Unfortunately, we never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at us,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “The best we can do is be prepared for everything, all the time.”
Over the next several weeks, ODOT District 11 will conduct random 150-point inspections to repair and fine-tune snow removal equipment as part of county-by-county Equipment Readiness Inspections.
Since making their debut last winter, ODOT has continued adding green and white lights to its existing amber lights. The Department has completed the upgrade on 70 percent of its fleet. The color combination has proven more visible than amber lights alone. All trucks will have the green, white, and amber color combinations by the end of this year.
Better visibility will lead to safer roadways as the motoring public can quickly and easily identify these vehicles in adverse weather conditions.
This season, ODOT will have more than 1,700 plow trucks and more than 3,000 trained drivers ready to clear ice and snow from the state’s roadways and bridges. ODOT maintains nearly 43,000 lane miles of state highway, which carries approximately two-thirds of the state’s daily traffic.
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