ODOT is already preparing for weekend weather


    Ohio Department of Transportation workers are expected to be busy for a second weekend in a row. Crews are already looking ahead, preparing for Saturday. (Courtesy: ODOT)

    Ohio Department of Transportation workers are expected to be busy for a second weekend in a row. Crews are already looking ahead, preparing for Saturday.

    "We just have to be flexible and see what mother nature throws our way Saturday," said ODOT spokesperson Matt Bruning

    "We are going to make sure we're ready by having significant crew sizes and plenty of salt," said ODOT Manager Marques Evans.

    Bruning said the biggest challenge crews are currently facing is predicting if they will need to plow or salt.

    We got a mixed bag of conditions all across the state,” said Bruning. "It looks like we could get rain, freezing rain to snow. It just depends on where you are in Ohio."

    However, ODOT is prepping and putting in place a game plan for each scenario. Even for those challenge areas.

    "Construction areas like 71 from Grove City up to downtown are generally difficult for us,” said Evans.

    Crews do what they can to keep drivers safe however, they ask for room while they work.

    "We had three plows hit over the weekend,” said Bruning.

    He said 53 ODOT plows were hit last year.

    "The biggest issue is, that takes that plow off the road. When it's damaged, we can't use it,” said Bruning.

    ODOT said when a driver hits a snow plow, it’s typically the driver who ends up with the damage.

    "When you see those plows, just give them plenty of room to work. We always say don't crowd the plow,” said Bruning.

    ODOT crews will start treating the roads for the weekend starting Saturday at 4 a.m.

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