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This week in review: ODOT crews continue

Columbus (Friday, January 08, 2010)As winter storms move out of Ohio, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) continue to clear roads and salt bridges and overpasses.

At the height of this week’s storms, ODOT had more than 1,300 snowplows and trucks on state highways, plowing and treating 24 hours-a-day. Today, most roadways across Ohio are running clear and wet, while some continue to see slightly slushy conditions. ODOT crews are focusing on bridges, overpasses, and ramps, as those locations are usually the first to refreeze.

ODOT's salt experts estimate that nearly 85,000 tons of salt have been used statewide to combat this round of winter weather. ODOT still has stockpiled roughly 475,700 tons of salt in barns throughout Ohio.

Even with ODOT crews keeping roads safe and passable, safe driving for Ohio motorists begins behind the wheel. During yesterday's snowy conditions, ODOT's snow plow drivers reported seeing a number of driver traveling at speeds too fast for the conditions. During the winter season, speed is one of the leading causes of fatal and injury accidents. ODOT’s best advice: in Ice and Snow… Take it Slow.

A growing number of Ohioans are empowering themselves with information before they get behind the wheel by logging in to Buckeye Traffic.org. Between November 1, 2009 and January 6, 2010, ODOT’s premier web site received more than 34 million hits; two million more this year than all of winter last year combined. This web site is available to the public and offers user-friendly, map-based features with updated weather and traffic conditions on Ohio roadways, traffic camera views and traffic conditions before traveling.

Also available through www.BuckeyeTraffic.org is road and weather sensor information. A quick mouse-over will reveal air temperatures, wind velocities, and pavement temperatures at 179 Roadway Weather Information System (RWIS) stations around the state.

New this year, ODOT has joined the free social networking site Twitter offering instant information on winter conditions along interstates and highways in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

In less than one month, ODOT has more than 4,000 followers subscribed to the six metropolitan area Twitter accounts. Each new wave of winter storms and events has brought new waves of Ohioans who want to "Know Before They Go."

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For more information contact:

Scott Varner, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
Or Your Local Communications Office, 216-584-2006