OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2008
ODOT Prepares for Cold Front and Mixed Precipitation
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is prepared for what may be a tricky couple of days for motorists in east-central Ohio.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "Our weather monitoring service and systems indicates possible freezing pavements tonight and an icing event Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Because of the rain we experienced for most of today, motorists should be especially cautious this evening of freezing pavements due to the fast drop in temperatures."
Black ice can be very dangerous, so motorists are encouraged to use caution and plan ahead by checking ODOT's state of the art Road Weather Information System (RWIS) at www.buckeyetraffic.org, which provides such things as pavement temperatures, air and subsurface temperatures, dew points, wind speed, and precipitation type and rates.
Bible said, "The colder it is the less effective salt becomes. In fact, at 20-degrees Fahrenheit, the effectiveness of salt is reduced by over 80%, so over five times as much salt is needed. As part of our Smart Salt Strategy, our managers will be monitoring the temperatures very closely by using the RWIS technology as well as the infrared temperature sensors in each truck and using an increased amount of liquid calcium chloride when the temperature is below 25-degrees F to improve ice-melting."
The best thing motorists can do to ensure safety throughout this event as well as this winter is to remember in Ice & Snow, Take it Slow.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events, visit ODOT's gateway to traffic and roadway information at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949 or at Becky.McCarty@dot.state.oh.us.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
ODOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.