Stories tagged with: Phil Valentine

June 29, 2015 - 5:03pm
4 days 14 hours ago

Ahead of the holiday weekend, officials remind drivers to be cautious of flashing lights on the side of the road. 

In 2004, a law took effect to require drivers to move over or slow down when passing emergency responders. That law was adapted in 2013 to include all vehicles with flashing lights that are stopped on the side of the road. Lt. Matt Boyd, of the Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the law has helped to save many lives. 

"We take a lot...

February 20, 2015 - 3:31pm
19 weeks 18 hours ago

We could be looking at another big snow storm entering the area and the Ohio Department Of Transportation is already forming a plan of action.

ODOT's Muskingum County Manager, Phil Valentine says that even though the snow fall won't begin until later this evening the preparation and planning start now.

"Right now we're getting our trucks pre-loaded, the cold temperatures over the past few days have really made our trucks work hard. So we're getting a lot of them fixed up,...

February 1, 2015 - 8:29pm
21 weeks 5 days ago

Despite the majority of the snow moving to our north ODOT still prepared for the worst.

Nineteen ODOT trucks spread across the area last night to pre-treat roadways. ODOT'S manager for Muskingum County, Phil Valentine, shares his thoughts on the preparations.

"You know, obviously the low pressure pushed up north so we didn't get as bad of a storm as we expected. But we were prepared for it, we came in shortly after midnight and we ran through the night. I thought we did a...

January 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
22 weeks 2 days ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation is getting ready for the next blast from 'Old Man Winter.'

With a change of freezing rain coming in overnight O-DOT is ready to send crews back out on the road to make sure they are passable for drivers. O-DOT's Muskingum County Manager, Phil Valentine, said they are monitoring the possibility of an ice storm coming through.

"Something like this, we'll monitor and see how it's progressing in," Valentine said. "If it's something...

June 11, 2014 - 5:36pm
1 year 3 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation unveiled a new maintenance facility Wednesday, right here in Muskingum County.

The new outpost is located right across from the old location just south of State Route 16 in Dresden. Muskingum County Manager Phil Valentine had been anxiously awaiting Wednesday's ribbon cutting for quite some time.

"It's taken awhile," he said.  "I think we purchased the land for this about 12 years ago. You know, we've had a lot...

January 31, 2014 - 4:11pm
1 year 21 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation is gearing up for the second round of winter weather.

Transportation Administrator for Muskingum County, Phil Valentine says that he is unsure if the next few days will be filled with snow, rain or ice, but his crews are getting machinery ready to keep county roads salted and as dry as possible.

"Right now we are getting a lot of our trucks serviced. A lot of blades still need to be changed from the last storm that we had, and another...

January 24, 2014 - 11:55am
1 year 22 weeks ago

Ohio Department of Transpiration crews gear up for another set of long hours as snow once again dominates the forecast.

Starting at midnight 16 to 20 crews per shift will take to the roads working to keep traffic moving. The frigid temperatures make fighting this storm different then others.

"If you treat too early in lower temperatures the salt will start melting the snow and then will rapidly refreeze," explained Phil Valentine Transportation Manager for Muskingum...

December 5, 2013 - 5:23pm
1 year 30 weeks ago

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...

November 25, 2013 - 6:51pm
1 year 31 weeks ago

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for our area starting at 10 a.m Tuesday, and the Ohio Department of Transportation is getting ready.

The Muskingum County Manager of ODOT, Phil Valentine says that they are expecting snow to hit our area and he is bringing in extra help.

"It's looking like it's going to come shortly after midnight tonight, we have crews getting some salt loaded up, plows hooked up and getting prepared to come in at midnight or...

November 12, 2013 - 11:46am
1 year 33 weeks ago

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...

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