Plows not using salt, battling wind and cold
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:19:59 GMT —
A two-day snowstorm that started on New Year's Eve, blankets Northwest Ohio.
ODOT trucks have been plowing since the snow started falling down.
"It's been non-stop for our ODOT drivers on the state and federal route system," said ODOT spokesperson Theresa Pollick.
Crews are working 12 hours on, 12 hours off. The shift change is at midnight and noon, and it brings in a fresh squad for relief.
While the snow isn't falling down, plow drivers are dealing with strong winds, blowing snow back over freshly cleared roads.
"It doesn't make it any easier. Especially with the cold temperatures too," said Pollick.
Salt on the roads isn't the best idea. Pollick says salt is being used at major intersections, but not on the interstates.
Salt would melt the snow, turning the snow into slushy water. With temperatures barely above single digits, that slush would quickly turn to ice.
On Thursday, I-75 already looked like a winter-wonder-parking-lot. Cars were everywhere, sliding off the side of the road. It's the same story with Interstate 475 and US-23. Ice would make things much worst.
"Once we see the wind stop, and that accumulation from the sky, then it's really our time to attack the roads with salt," said Pollick.
Crews are out to clear, and clear again, making constant trips back over areas that have already been cleared because of blowing and drifting snow.
ODOT plow drivers and their support staff will continue to be on the job as long as there is snow on the road.
And with more "measurable" snowfall coming this weekend, expect ODOT trucks to be on 24 hours a day.