ODOT ready for snow, crews to work around the clock

(WOIO) - As forecasted snow heads into Northeast Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation will be out in full-force. Preparations began overnight and will continue around the clock to keep the roadways safe and passable.
When the first snow falls, drivers often forget don't crowd the plow. With more than 70 snowplows expected to hit the roads in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties when the snow starts to fly, here are a few tips for traveling safely around them this winter:

  • A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted.  Drivers may see the snowplow, but the snowplow operator doesn't always see the driver.
  • The plows are wide and can cross into more than one lane.  It is very important to give them plenty of room to work.
  • Don't tailgate or try to pass a snowplow.  If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
  • Snowplows travel well below the posted speed limit and make sudden stops or turns.  Be patient.  Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

Motorists are encouraged to KNO B4 U GO this winter season by logging onto the state's premier traffic Web site www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.  Here drivers can find updated road and weather conditions before hitting the road by viewing road and weather sensors, traffic cameras and traffic speeds on their route.  

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