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ODOT winter-fighting workforces on the move again
Motorists Reminded: "Ice and Snow… Take It Slow" 

COLUMBUS (Monday, November 30, 2009)The winter-fighting road crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are on the move again after working through Thanksgiving and Black Friday. With temperatures expected to dip across northern Ohio tonight and during the early morning hours, ODOT crews will be out again.

Over the past holiday weekend, when increased numbers of holiday travelers and shoppers filled the roads, ODOT crews pre-treated bridges, ramps and intersections in the Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron areas. Salt brine will be used again today and tomorrow.

ODOT has more than 1,700 plow trucks and more than 3,000 drivers ready to clear ice and snow. ODOT maintains nearly 39,000 lane miles of highway which carries approximately two thirds of the state’s daily traffic.

ODOT’s Smart Salt Strategy aims to keep highways safe and passable by using the right amounts of salt and manpower at the right times and locations.

This time of year, one Smart Salt Strategy is the application of a saline solution (brine) to road pavements before the occurrence of a winter event. This prevents the formation of frost, black ice, or a freeze bond of snow and ice to the surface. Pre-wetting salt with this same solution before application also helps the rock salt stick to the surface and jumpstarts the melting process.

Also, infrared temperature sensors installed on ODOT snow plows allow drivers to see the exact surface temperature of the roadways they are driving on, so they apply salt brine only where needed on bridge decks, overpasses or roadway sections, especially where black ice might form.

During initial winter events, crews will constantly monitor pavement conditions and temperatures and only treat areas that are freezing, instead of the entire highway route.

Staying alert and being a careful and informed driver is the best way motorists can travel safely this winter. ODOT’s best advice: in "Ice and snow… Take it Slow."

Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto www.buckeyetraffic.org. Last winter, ODOT’s website received more than 35 million hits between November and March.

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For more information contact: District 12 Public Information Office at 216-584-2006 or 216-584-2007
or Scott Varner (Central Office Communications) at 614-644-8640