It looks like we are going to get our first real taste of winter and the Ohio Department of Transportation says it's ready to go.
ODOT Muskingum County manager Phil Valentine says the crews are ready to go. The salt bins are full and the plows are on standby.
"We're going to be using a salt and a salt brine mix with it we would have done a little bit of pre-treating but with the rain it's pretty much going to wash that away. We're worried about the temperatures dropping below freezing and pavement still being wet so we're going to be looking a lot for black ice tonight," said ODOT Muskingum County Manager, Phil Valentine.
There will be 12 to 16 employees for each shift. Each driver is assigned certain routes which they stay on throughout their entire 12 to 16 hour shift. The trucks will be out all hours of the night over the next few days, so be on the lookout.
"Don't crowd the plow, stay back give us an assured clear distance. As they're putting out materials they're continuously looking in their mirror so if you ride up close to them the headlights will blind our drivers," said Valentine.
ODOT has 24 trucks that will deal with this blast of winter.