READY FOR WINTER WEATHER
Ohio While it seems like its too early in the season, there
is snow in the weather forecast. But Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) crews are ready. ODOTs preparations began as early as this
summer, stocking salt barns, going over routes and training drivers.
and ice is ODOTs main priority in the winter months, said ODOT
Director Gordon Proctor. Our crews are ready to battle any winter
storm, but motorists need to recognize that they too can make a
substantial contribution to the roads by exercising extra caution when
driving during the winter months.
drive during snow and ice conditions is critical in preventing
accidents and keeping people safe. The most common causes of crashes
during snow and ice season are failure to control, excessive speed and
following other vehicles too closely. All of these causes are related
to driver error, which means many of the crashes are preventable. Last
winter, there were a total of 8,092 accidents attributed to snow and
ice on ODOT maintained roads and about 32,000 snow and ice related
accidents on all Ohio roads.
There is no
question that inclement weather slows down traffic regardless of our
crews treating the roads, said Tony Vogel, ODOTs deputy director for
highway management. Thats why, in addition to clearing the roads,
ODOT works to provide as much information as possible so motorists can
plan ahead and allow extra travel time during snow and ice season.
calculations show that travel times can be up to 33 percent longer
during inclement weather. To help them plan ahead, motorists are
strongly encouraged to use ODOTs Web site
www.buckeyetraffic.org. The site is a one-stop shop for lane
closure information, road conditions and traffic cameras. During snow
and ice events, road conditions are updated as often as necessary,
with information such as current weather, roadway surface temperature,
general roadway conditions, traffic speed and how many ODOT trucks are
working in the area. The winter weather portion of the site is
operational between November 1 and April 15 each year. ODOT can
activate it sooner if weather conditions warrant it. The information
is real-time data from every county of the state. The technology
combines solar, wind and conventional power with cellular and radio
frequency to transmit weather and pavement conditions every three to
five minutes via ODOTs Buckeye Traffic Web site.
winter started with several major storms, overall, it was a mild
winter. The department spent $40.1 million statewide clearing
state-maintained highways and used almost 500,000 tons of salt. ODOT
typically spends about $56 million annually and uses about 650,000
tons of salt.
ODOT has more
than 1,500 trucks and 3,200 drivers to cover 38,800 lane miles of
highway across the state. In addition, ODOTs 230 salt barns are
stocked with about 500,000 tons of salt.
Statewide Snow and Ice
Resources - Statistics for the 2005-2006 Winter.
Breakdown by district/county of snow and ice related data including
Cost, Lane Miles, Miles Treated, Tons of Salt Used, Barns/ Salt
Facilities, Trucks and Drivers.
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Snow and Ice Crash Data -
Statewide and district crash
information in chart form for snow and ice season over the last two
years, detailing numbers of crashes and contributing factors.
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