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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

October 12, 2006


COLUMBUS, 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.

 Clearing snow 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.

 How motorists 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.

 ODOT 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 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.  

 Although last 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.

Related Information:

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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