ODOT ready for major winter storm this weekend
From several inches of snow to the potential for
flooding rain, ODOT will be dealing with it all to keep you safe.
COLUMBUS - Around 1,600 snow plow trucks and 3,000 drivers are ready to do
battle with Mother Nature in Ohio this weekend. A major winter storm is
threatening to drop nearly snow, ice, and rain on the state.
“The men and women of ODOT are the
standard of excellence when it comes to dealing with winter weather on our
roads," said Director Jack Marchbanks. "They'll be working hard to
keep roads passable during the storm, however, high winds will bring the
additional challenge of blowing and drifting conditions even after the storm
moves out. If you are traveling this weekend, give yourself extra time to
safely reach your destination.”
Snow plow crews and
nearly 300 mechanics will be working 12-hour shifts to fight snow and ice on
state and U.S. routes outside of municipalities and Ohio's interstates.
Plows travel slower
than the speed limit to allow our crews to remove snow and drop ice-melting
material on the roadway. Leave extra distance between plows and your vehicle
and try to avoid passing plows. ODOT plows were struck 64 times last winter.
"Please help keep
our crews safe as they work to keep you safe. If you don't have to travel, stay
home. If you are on the road, please give our crews plenty of room to
work," said Marchbanks.
With 553,000 tons of
salt on hand, ODOT has plenty of salt to deal with the storm. Plummeting
temperatures will reduce the effectiveness of salt, forcing crews to mix
in additives that are more effective at extremely low temperatures.
You can find live
travel conditions, more than 600 traffic cameras, and traffic alerts online at OHGO.com
or with the OHGO app.
You can also get statewide updates via Twitter
Be sure to follow our 12 ODOT districts on Twitter
for more localized information.
You can download snow and ice operations b-roll by clicking here.