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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

October 15, 2007

ODOT Prepares Equipment for Ice and Snow Season
New Safety Reminder for Motorists: Ice and SnowTake It Slow

COLUMBUS (October 15, 2007) As Ohio nears the 30th Anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1978, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is gearing up for the winter season by readying its snow-fighting equipment and reminding motorists that in Ice and Snow Take it Slow.

Although the states ice and snow equipment is repaired and replaced each spring before being put in storage, fine tuning in the fall ensures every plow, truck, and spreader is road ready.

Throughout October and November, ODOTs maintenance forces will hold Operational Readiness events in each of the states 88 counties, putting each tuned-up piece of equipment through a series of tests.

During the 2006-2007 winter season, ODOT used more than 650,000 tons of salt statewide and spent $54.3 million to keep the states highways free of ice and snow.

Beyond the plows and salt this winter season, Ohio will also join states from the East Coast to the Rockies to remind motorists that in Ice and Snow Take it Slow.

Hopefully weeks away, the first snow storm of the season always seems to be the worst because most motorists have forgotten the winter driving skills they developed last winter.

And for most people, that first snow just seems to be really slippery. Remember: speed limits are for when pavement is clear and dry. Best advice: Ice and snow take it slow.

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

The 2007-2008 ice and snow season marks the 30th anniversary of the Great Ohio Blizzard of 78, when bitter cold combined with heavy snow to create extreme white-out conditions across the state. Snowdrifts covered cars and houses, blocked highways, and closed airports for two days. The death toll of 51 made the Blizzard of 78 one of the deadliest winter storms in Ohio history.