TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Departments of Transportation took time on Thursday to prepare its equipment for the oncoming winter season.
ODOT said last year plow drivers traveled 10 million miles clearing snow.
To prepare for another winter, ODOT employees statewide completed 150 point inspections on their snow clearing equipment. Inspections were also done on the state’s equipment used for creating brine.ODOT District 7 public information officer Mandi Dillon said the department wants to make sure everything is running correctly before the first major storm hits.
It’s been months since drivers cleared snow. Because of that, drivers also got a refresher course on their machinery. They were able to hop into their trucks and drive through some simulated situations to help polish their skills behind the wheel.
With potential for snow flakes in some areas in the coming days, Dillon said this is the time to prepare.
“Our crew are always ready fo go but when the season changes, they have to shift gears and polish their skills again. So, it is the perfect timing to be working on their winter readiness skills as we possible have some winter weather coming in. We just want to be ready to go,” Dillon said.
ODOT also reminds drivers to keep their distance when traveling behind plows. When snow storms hit, it is important for all drivers to remember to watch their speed and stay alert.