ODOT will be removing snow in style again this winter thanks to community outreach program
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, November 5, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will be removing snow in style again this winter across eastern Ohio thanks to the creative outreach program to promote public safety and showcase local talent called “Paint a Plow.”
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “For the second year in a row, we are trying to make the public more aware of our signature service through this very successful and creative community outreach.”
Teachers, schools and other nonprofit organizations were solicited last summer to participate by painting tasteful murals on the ODOT plow blades used in snow and ice removal to promote snow and ice safety or patriotism.
MacAdam said, “We are amazed at how much this program has grown in just one year. Last year, we had 22 schools participate and the Belmont Correctional Institution. This year, we had 41 plows painted from schools and organizations across our entire region.”
“We sincerely appreciate everyone that participated, and the time they invested in this project. We have some very talented artists throughout the area.” added MacAdam.
This year, our highway operations and county management staff voted for their favorites in each category – Snow and Ice Safety and Patriotism.
The Snow and Ice Safety category winner is Union Local High School’s Advanced Art Class with their Cars version of ODOT’s winter message “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.”
The Patriotism winner is also a Belmont County entry – The Village Network of Bethesda. They painted the “All Gave Some… Some Gave All” blade – just in time to help us honor Veterans Day next week.
The snowplow blades will be featured in local events and parades, and pictures of all 41 blades are posted on our Facebook page. The winning plow blades will be used in marketing materials.
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 Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov