News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Akron Children's Hospital

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


ODOT working to clear roads
Drivers should leave early, make sure to remove snow from signals, lights and windows
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
In The Region:
As blizzard conditions blanket the state, ODOT is doing what it can to clear the roads. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles interviewed spokesman Joel Hunt on how the department is dealing with the snow and ice.
ODOT working to clear roads

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:49)


Hunt - We have all of our crews out in full force and we are currently running 12 hour shifts throughout the end of the storm.

Ingles - When you say all of your crews are out in full force, what does that mean?

Hunt – All of our available drivers and trucks are on the road.

Ingles – Are you short staffed because of the holidays?

Hunt – We have a group of individuals who plow as backups and were being called to plow tonight but we’ve had enough of our regular people to plow throughout the day.

Ingles – This is typically a busy travel time anyway and we see more traffic on the roads during this week. Throwing a snow storm in the middle of it, what exactly does that do to this?

Hunt – Well it certainly doesn’t help but this is our job. We begin preparations for this season during the fall. We bring out all of our equipment in October and November. We test it and make sure we have all of our supplies. All of our drivers are refreshed. It’s one of our priority services that we offer the public. It’s unfortunate the snow storm is going to intermingle with the heavy holiday traffic. But there are things motorists can do to make it easier before they head out.

Ingles – So what kind of things can motorists do to make it easier to travel in Ohio right now?

Hunt – First thing they can do is go to our website. Buckeyetraffic.org. It’s got a map of the state and there’s different filters you can use to see what roads are closed or restricted.  And they can check their route that they are going to be travelling. We have weather stations throughout the state. To be armed with information is really good. Maybe you need to alter your route. But definitely leave early and allow plenty of time. Make sure you’ve removed snow from your windows, lights and signals. And this year, we are one of the first states in the nation to use green lights on our snow plow trucks. Studies have indicated green lights are processed more easily by the human eye so about half of our fleet, by the end of this year, will have the green lights on them so we hope that is going to cut down on the rear end collisions of our vehicles.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Cuyahoga Valley National Park OK's sharpshooters to thin deer herds
In this article you mention that the Mule Deer Foundation is a "hunting group" in reality the Mule Deer Foundation is a conservation group that is over 25 years...

Clarence Bozeman: In the driver's seat of history
I believe he was a teacher of mine as James Ford Rhodes. My favorite teacher of all time! Loved learning this part of his amazing history.

Cleveland RTA is moving Public Square bus stops beginning this week
I am very confused. Why are you taking one or more of the park and ride 246 out of service in the morning. I looking over the new schedule I see that there ar...

Canton school board will vote Wednesday on its high school merger
Great to see that THE REPOSITORY is advising a 'no' vote for now! Another point, besides all the Very accurate points already made against this move is the fac...

Some parents opting their students out of Common Core test
I am an 8th grader at a school in Allen County. I have just recently taken the ELA performance based assessment and found it extremely difficult. It asked me a ...

Fallout from the Ohio Supreme Court Munroe Falls ruling
The comment by Nathan Johnson from OEC is confusing. Instead of cities being 'emboldened' to craft zoning laws that were just stricken down by this ruling, comm...

Stopping sediment dumping in Lake Erie
Ah, yes, the Army Coro of Engineers, the geniuses that designed the levee system in New Orleans that has made the flooding worse due to no sediment reaching the...

Ohio charter school critic says reform bills are a good step
The cold truth is that these charter schools are offering services beyond the what the state tests can guage. Parents and students have a choice and they are ch...

State law trumps restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Justice O'Neill's quote brings up a point I wish WKSU would address: since, unlike for Federal judges, our judges here in Ohio are elected, and therefore respo...

Ohio Supreme Court invalidates local fracking bans
If Ohio has their way, Fracking Wells will be planted in the courtyard of every town. That is if the State of Ohio can profit by it...for more on how the court ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University