Lisbon’s Painted Plow wins ODOT Facebook Fan Contest
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, November 17, 2014) – Last month, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 kicked off its inaugural year for the department's “Paint a Plow” creative outreach program by showcasing the participating schools’ artwork at each of the district’s winter readiness events as well as posting them in a Facebook Fan Contest.
The public had three weeks to vote for their favorite local talent and determine eastern Ohio’s best blade by “Liking” its picture. Total likes were counted last Friday at noon, and the Lisbon High School plow, from Columbiana County, featuring their Blue Devils mascot received 929 “likes.” Finishing second was a Belmont County plow painted by Union Local’s High School Art Class. It featured a winter Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil and received 830 “likes.”
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “The main purpose of this program is to make the public more aware of our signature service and have a little fun and interaction with our communities at the same time. We are so happy with the response we received for our first year of the project. We’d like to again thank all 21 schools who participated as well as the Belmont Correctional Institution, and the nearly 48,000 people who viewed our Photo Album on Facebook and participated in the contest. The numbers these plows received and the contest generated were absolutely staggering.”
Area 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. MacAdam said, “It is apparent that we have some very talented artists throughout the area, and we cannot wait until next year.”
The painted snowplow blades will be featured in upcoming local Christmas parades.
ODOT District 11 congratulates Lisbon High School – the 2014 “Paint a Plow” people’s choice winner from eastern Ohio. Their plow blade will be used in marketing materials and displayed at events.
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