While motorists got their first taste of driving in winter weather, the Ohio Department of Transportation got their first look at clearing it off roadways.
Muskingum County had twelve of their twenty-four trucks out on the roads treating them with salt. Crews came in at midnight to try and get ahead of the freezing precipitation.
"We knew that we were going to have a lot of refreezing. That was probably our biggest concern was rush hour," said Transportation Manger for Muskingum County ODOT Phil Valentine. "It played out about the way we thought it was going to."
Last year ODOT began testing a new light pattern with new lime green, amber and white lights. By December these lights will be on all plows.
"We’re trying to distinguish ODOT from tow trucks and other services that drive around," said Valentine. "When we’re on the interstate we’re driving a lot slower than what normal traffic speed is so we wanted a light pattern that would show us off a bit."
Valentine reminds motorists to give the plows plenty of room when they’re on the roadways and give yourself extra time to get to work.