snow-fighting fleet ready for winter
than 1,600 plow trucks will clear snow and ice in Ohio
COLUMBUS (Tuesday, October
3, 2017) – Each of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s 1,629 trucks is
receiving a 150-point check as part of the department’s annual county-by-county
Operational Readiness Inspections. This allows ODOT’s 262 mechanics to ensure
snow-fighting equipment is in top shape before the snow begins to fall.
is our intention to be the standard of excellence for winter maintenance.
Removing snow and ice from our roads and highways is extremely important and
our most visible function,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “The men and women of
ODOT take great pride in making sure our roads are clear for safe travel.”
measures the success of snow removal by looking at the percent of priority
routes that recovered speeds within two hours of a snow event. Last winter, our
crews met this goal 98 percent of the time.
year, ODOT’s snow plow trucks were driven 6,860,696 miles plowing and
pretreating roadways. That’s like 275 trips around the Earth. Crews used
600,451 tons of salt and 12,056,596 gallons of liquid deicers to treat 43,479
lane miles of roadway.
we work hard to clear snow and ice, we need your help as well. ODOT plows were
struck 35 times in 2016. Please be sure to give our drivers plenty of room to
work. Plow trucks typically drive much slower than other traffic, so be extra
alert when driving near them.
Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949