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ODOT working hard to clear roadways
During Ice and Snow…Take it Slow

COLUMBUS (Saturday, February 6, 2010) With as much as 17 inches of snow having fallen over the past 24 hours on highways in parts of Ohio, crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation are working through the weekend to keep road and bridges safe and passable.  

Throughout the day, nearly 1300 ODOT snowplows and vehicles have been combating ice and snow across the state - targeting interstates, U.S. and State routes, ramps and bridges.

During the overnight hours last night, crews were challenged by the fast rate of snowfall - two inches per hour in Eastern Ohio. The heavy weight of the snow has also knocked down several trees, especially in the rural sections of the state.

ODOT continues to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to monitor traffic conditions. Several county sheriffs have declared snow emergencies, asking motorists to stay off the road as much as possible.

A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect until 6:00pm tonight for most of the state.

The reduction in traffic this weekend has allowed roadways to quickly be cleared of snow and treated with salt or other ice-melting material. With weather forecasters predicting continued cold temperatures and high winds, ODOT will also focus on areas often impacted by blowing snow.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution and avoid travel when possible. Drivers who choose to travel this weekend are reminded: Ice and Snow… Take It Slow. Place extra safety equipment in your car, including a flashlight, water, and blankets.

Over the weekend, ODOT will be constantly updating BuckeyeTraffic.org, the state’s premier website for winter road conditions, updates on accidents and major delays, and access to live traffic cameras and weather monitors across the state.

A growing number of Ohioans are also using ODOT’s newest tool to “KNO B4 U GO” on the free website Twitter. Hundreds of new followers have joined the nearly 5000 subscribers to ODOT’s winter traffic updates in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, and Cincinnati.

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For more information contact:
Paula Putnam, Central Office Communications, at 614-728-8915

Or Your Local Communications Office, 216-584-2006