Ohio Turnpike Crews prepare for the winter weather

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Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- While many people are attending harvest festivals and enjoying fall fun, the staff at the Ohio Turnpike is hard at work.

"Going to make sure that the hoses are in tact and all the rubber, nothing is ripped off," said Dan Jones, Western division mechanic for the Ohio Turnpike .

He makes sure before the 50 snow plows hit the roads, they're ready for the season.

" We always call it 130/136 point inspection but actually it's a lot more than that," said Alan Durliat Western Division Superintendent for the Ohio Turnpike.

Thursday is the final inspection, but Crews have been working since April to make sure the trucks meet all the inspection requirements.

Though officials can't say exactly when the ice is coming,whenever crews eventually do start treating the turnpike with more than 60,000 tons of salt, they simply ask for cooperation from the public.

"You give us the room to do our jobs, we can do them safely, get the roads clear and get you to where you need to go," said Alan Durliat Western Division Superintendent for the Ohio Turnpike.

This Saturday,all maintenance buildings across northwest Ohio are hosting a community open house from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Look below for locations.

  • Kunkle Maintenance Building, 13643 County Road 17, Pioneer, Ohio, 43554
  • Swanton Maintenance Building, 8891 County Road #1, Swanton, Ohio, 43558
  • Elmore Maintenance Building, 20100 West S.R. 105, Elmore, Ohio, 43416
  • Castalia Maintenance Building, 7201 State Route 269, Castalia, Ohio, 44824
  • Amherst Maintenance Building, 7800 Oberlin Road, Amherst, Ohio, 44035
  • Boston Maintenance Building, 3245 Boston Mills Road, Richfield, Ohio, 44286
  • Hiram Maintenance Building, 9196 S.R. 700, Windham, Ohio, 44288
  • Canfield Maintenance Building, 6896 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield, Ohio, 44406

To find out more information about the Ohio Turnpike you can visit their website.

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