ODOT will be removing snow in style this winter thanks to community outreach program
Area schools Paint a Plow artwork to be featured at Winter Readiness Events this month
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, October 6, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will be removing snow in style this winter across eastern Ohio thanks to the creative outreach program initiated to promote public safety and showcase local talent called “Paint a Plow.”
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “In an effort to make the public more aware of our signature service, we extended this already successful, creative community outreach program in other parts of the state to our region this year.”
Schools were solicited last spring to participate by painting tasteful murals on the ODOT plow blades used in snow and ice removal to promote safety, their respective school district, mascot, club, or a winter theme.
“We are really pleased with the response we received in our inaugural year of the project. We’d like to thank all 22 eastern Ohio schools who participated as well as the Belmont Correctional Institution,” added MacAdam. “It is apparent that we have some very talented artists throughout the area, and we really appreciate their efforts and creativity.”
The snowplow blades from District 11’s seven-county region will be displayed at each respective county’s Winter Readiness Event during the month of October.
District 11 Winter Readiness Event Schedule
Harrison County Winter Readiness Event
43041 South Industrial Park Rd., Cadiz
October 7, 2014, 10 a.m.
Belmont County Winter Readiness Event
41061 Bond Drive, Belmont
October 16, 2014, 10 a.m.
Jefferson & *Columbiana County Winter Readiness Event
575 County Road 43, Steubenville
*(Due to construction at Columbiana County’s facility in Lisbon,
their painted blades will be on display at Jefferson’s event.)
October 21, 2014, 10 a.m.
Tuscarawas County Winter Readiness Event
384 Stone Creek Rd. SW, New Philadelphia
October 23, 2014, 10 a.m.
Carroll County Winter Readiness Event
258 Kensington Rd., Carrollton
October 27, 2014, 10 a.m.
Holmes County Winter Readiness Event
1800 S. Washington St., Millersburg
October 30, 2014, 10 a.m.
In addition, the snowplow blades will be featured in local Christmas parades, county fair displays, and all blades will be included in a “Facebook Fan Favorite” contest for the public to vote and determine eastern Ohio’s best blade. The number of “Likes” a blade receives will determine the people’s choice winner. The winning plow blade will be used in marketing materials, displayed at events, and at the District 11 headquarters in New Philadelphia. Online voting for the “Facebook Fan” contest will begin October 27th and end November 14th, 2014. The winning blade will be announced the following week.
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