Crews working around the clock to clear treacherous roads
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:59:50 GMT —
State and local road crews are out in full effect Monday after an arctic blast dumped several inches of snow across the northwest corner of the state.
ODOT District 1, which includes Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Putnam, and Wyandot counties in northwest Ohio, has reported about 90 crews have been working around the clock in response to the extreme weather.
The city of Toledo said on their Twitter feed that 112 snow plows are operating on roadways.
With the entire state under a wind chill advisory, highways throughout the district are extremely icy and are likely to remain so through Wednesday. Many counties remain under Level 3 snow emergencies, which means only emergency and essential workers are allowed on roadways.
ODOT said Monday that blowing snow and wind chill are expected to be challenging for road crews through Tuesday. Operators are being told to keep salt spinners at medium speed to keep hydraulics warm.
Extremely cold temperatures negate the effect of salt and other melting materials, so crews are focusing efforts on plowing roads.
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