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Lake Effect Snow Continues to Fall, ODOT Snowplows Fight Back
Motorists encouraged to KNO B4 U GO for evening commute

Garfield Heights (Wednesday, January 12, 2011)Many northeast Ohio motorists had a lengthy morning commute as persistent snow bands spread across northeast Ohio dropping inches of snow and testing Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) snowplows.

Nearly 75 snowplows continue to battle whiteout conditions this afternoon throughout northeast Ohio.  Blowing and drifting snow continues to challenge snowplow drivers and motorists alike.

Motorists can expect tandem plowing operations – where a group of snowplows work together to remove large amounts of snow from roadways – in order to clear interstates for the evening commute.  Plows are now working 12-hour shifts to make sure interstates, state and U.S. routes, ramps and bridges are safe and passable.

With snow expected to continue for most of the day – if not longer – motorists are encouraged to:

  • Slow down;
  • Allow for extra time for their afternoon travels;
  • Keep extra distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them; and
  • Don't crowd the plow.  Give them extra room to work so the roadways are safe and passable.

Motorists are also encouraged to KNO B4 U GO by logging on to ODOT’s premier traffic Web site www.BuckeyeTraffic.org before leaving work this afternoon.  On January 11 alone, there were more than 3.3 million hits, with most people visiting the site between 4 and 5 p.m. right before their evening commute.  With its user-friendly, map-based featured www.BuckeyeTraffic.org provides up-to-date traffic information and 24-hour road conditions across the state.

Remember:  In Ice and Snow…Take it Slow!

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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006

or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us