ODOT’s Paint a Plow Program brings awareness to more than snow and ice this year
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, November 2, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be removing snow in style again this winter across eastern Ohio thanks to its creative, “Paint a Plow” community outreach program to promote public safety and showcase local talent.
District 11’s program – in its third year – created awareness for more than snow and ice season by using the themes of Heroes and #Hashtags. Heroes were described as anything from superheroes to personal heroes.
Martins Ferry High School art students designed their plow blade to honor fireman, police and those loved ones afflicted with cancer. Their inspiration came from local hero – Leo Zambori, a 5-year-old from Martins Ferry who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Martins Ferry High Principal Jim Fogle said, “Heroes can be ordinary people who find the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Leo Zambori is one such hero. He is young but being a hero is not measured in brute strength but by the strength in his heart.”
District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “We are incredibly proud of this program, and its success as a creative community outreach tool. Not only does it showcase local talent and help us make the public more aware of our signature service and promote public safety, but it is now being used as a tool to create awareness for other things like Leo’s battle.”
District 11 had 33 snowplow blades painted this year across the region by schools and other nonprofit organizations. “We sincerely appreciate everyone that participated, and the time they invested in this project,” added MacAdam.
The snowplow blades will be featured at local events and parades, and pictures of all 33 blades are posted on our Facebook page. No official contest was held this year.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov