ODOT Prepares For The Worst

POSTED BY: Mackenzie Stasko
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 06:30 PM
ODOT Prepares For Storm

The Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing for the worst, and with limited amounts of salt.

Right now trucks are being greased and pre-loaded in anticipation of Sunday's big storm. ODOT Manager, Phil Valentine, says the Muskingum County garage currently has 2,500 tons of salt left. While Valentine says 2,500 is a "survivable rate," he says they will continue to pace how much salt is used.

"Right now we're still salt on interstates but a lot of our secondary roads, we're doing a 50/50 mix with grit, trying to stretch out the salt a little bit," Valentine explained. "You get a little less melt out of it, a little less reaction on it so motorists expect to give us a little bit of time but we're trying to make sure we're pacing ourselves to be able to make it through the rest of the winter."

Valentine says low stockpiles of salt is typical for this time of year, but says other ODOT districts have been helping each other out.

"If we get some heavy snowfall, there's a chance we'll cut off from treating and go ahead and plow and wait till that's done until we switch over to actually treating. So if the public can be patient with us and understand this is a rough year, it's been a long winter.

Valentine says he will wait until Saturday night when the forecast is more clear to plan shifts.

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