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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


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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.
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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.
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