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ODOT is Ready For More Snow As The First Day of Winter Arrives
Crews, Trucks and Salt Supply in Good Shape

Garfield Heights (Tuesday, December 21, 2010) – Today marks the first day of winter, but the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been battling old man winter and large amounts of snow fall since the beginning of December. 

ODOT crews will spend countless hours this winter season plowing and salting roadways and tuning-up snowplows to keep the fleet of trucks in good working condition.  All elements of ODOT’s signature service are running smoothly this season.  

“Our salt usage in District 12 thus far is below our historical average for the winter season,” said Dennis Albrecht, Jr. P.E., Highway Management Administrator for ODOT District 12.  “We are right on track with salt usage as December is coming to a close and do not anticipate a salt shortage.”

ODOT uses a Smart Salt Strategy to make sure we use the right amount of salt at the right time and in the right places.  Calibrated salt spreaders, found on every ODOT snow plow, allow crews to adjust the application of ice-melting materials for the most effective application for temperature ranges, roadway types and weather conditions.

To keep drivers safe this winter, ODOT wants drivers to “KNO B4 U GO”  by visiting Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, ODOT will offer a safe driving “tweet” on winter conditions along interstates and highways in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, which currently has more than 10,000 followers.

Facebook fans can learn more about ODOT’s ice and snow efforts by searching for ODOT Ice and Snow on www.Facebook.com. The site is updated by ODOT’s safety experts with winter driving tips and statistics and currently has more than 400 fans.

Twitter and Facebook join ODOT’s already successful Web site www.BuckeyeTraffic.org. As of December 20, 2010, ODOT’s premier traffic Web site – www.BuckeyeTraffic.org – has received more than 41.2 million hits, with most people are visiting the site between 4 and 5 p.m. right before their evening commute.  With its user-friendly, map-based featured BuckeyeTraffic.org provides up-to-date traffic information and 24-hour road conditions across the state.

ODOT strongly discourages motorists from attempting to access any of these cyber-tools while driving. The information provided on ODOT’s websites is intended to be accessed from home or work before you hit the road.

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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us