ODOT working at maximum capacity

(WOIO) - As snow squalls set in over northeast Ohio throughout the day, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is operating at maximum capacity with nearly 80 snowplows salting and plowing the roadways in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

ODOT snowplow drivers are operating around the clock on 12-hour shifts until the snow stops.  "We have all our ice and snow removal tools and hands on deck," said District 12 Public Information Officer Amanda Lee.  "Our snowplow drivers are well trained and can handle any type of winter weather condition that hits northeast Ohio."

Most area roadways are running wet in the western portions of Cuyahoga County and partially snow covered in eastern Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Drivers headed out are reminded to proceed with caution.

An ODOT winter driving safety report shows a large number of crashes are due to unsafe speed and following too closely.  Remember, in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.  Brake early, brake slowly and never slam on the brakes.  Motorists need to give themselves plenty of room to stop.

It is important for motorists to remember the following:

  • Reduce your speed and keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Be aware of vehicles around you.
  • High winds are tricky for trucks, buses and high profile vehicles. They should be cautious on high level bridges and overpasses.
  • Winds will be accompanied by heavy and blowing snow… Remember, In Ice and Snow…Take it Slow!

During the winter, conditions on the road can change mile by mile, minute by minute. Being a careful, informed and sober driver is the best way motorists can travel safely.

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