ODOT Preparing For Bad Weather

by Mackenzie Stasko on December 5, 2013 at 6:38 am

The Ohio Department of Transportation County Manager, Phil Valentine, says a degree or two in temperature makes all the difference when it comes to winter storms and how bad the roads get. Valentine says ODOT’s primary focus is keeping the roads salted and free of ice.

"It looks like we’ve got a strong possibility of having some sleet so we’re preparing our trucks today, going ahead and pre-loading with brine and we’re gonna monitor the storm throughout the night and then try to schedule in just before," said Valentine.

Valentine says it usually takes between 12 and 20 crews to keep the roads in Muskingum County safe for drivers. He’s expecting 16 crews will be out Thursday night and Friday morning.

"On the plus side, it looks like our pavement temperatures, surface temperatures are gonna stay pretty high throughout the event so our salt should be pretty effective and whatever we do have should clear fairly quick."

To stay up-to-date with traffic accidents and estimated speed limits during bad weather, you can sign up for "real time" traffic updates at www.ohgo.com.