ODOT is Ready for Winter
Key to clear roads is being prepared
COLUMBUS (Tuesday, October 7, 2014) – Last winter broke many records in the state, especially for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT): most road salt used (more than 1 million tons), most money spent ($119 million), and most snow plow miles driven (more than 14 million). This winter, ODOT is ready. Beginning today and lasting through the end of the month, ODOT crews around the state are conducting random 150-point inspections to fine-tune snow removal equipment in anticipation of the coming winter. The inspections are part of the department’s annual county-by-county Equipment Readiness Inspections.
“We work day and night to keep Ohio’s roads open and passable so businesses, schools and healthcare providers can operate uninterrupted,” said Director Wray. “The most effective way to accomplish this is to have equipment in good working order, salt in the barns and operators and mechanics who are well-trained.”
New this year, ODOT has completed installation of green, white and amber lights on all 1,700 snowplow trucks in its fleet. The color combination provides higher visibility than the traditional amber lights.
Of course snowplows don’t drive themselves. ODOT has more than 3,000 highly-trained and certified operators ready to clear ice and snow from the state’s roadways and bridges.