Inclement weather during morning rush caused issues for drivers

A Hilliard School Bus was seen in a ditch off Walcutt Road as slick conditions caused issues for drivers Thursday Morning March 8, 2018. (WSYX/WTTE)

ODOT said it wasn't taken by surprise Thursday morning, but said the weather hitting at rush hour was a big factor.

You may have been one of those who saw spin outs and crashes as a quick layer of snow iced up Central Ohio highways.

ODOT District 6 covers eight counties in Central Ohio. The department did not have crews working 12-hour shifts last night, but said it had managers watching around the clock.

A manager saw conditions begin to deteriorate around 1 a.m. per ODOT and began to move crews to where they were needed.

By the time crews were ready, rush hour was underway.

"Our hands are tied as far as treating that road because we're stuck in traffic just like everybody else is," said ODOT's Nancy Burton.

Burton said ODOT will review Thursday morning's rush hour situation and make adjustments if needed.

Those adjustments could include a 3 a.m. briefing for managers to assess roadways, especially during this late winter season when squalls are possible.

ODOT handles much of the highway system, but the City of Columbus takes care of some of SR-315 and I-71 inside I-270.

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