ODOT crews prep for a slick Wednesday morning commute

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The drive home from work was free of weather slowdowns in central Ohio, but after a morning filling potholes, ODOT trucks are getting their trucks ready for the next round of winter weather.

“They’ll be loading those up with salt, they’ll be getting those gassed up and ready to go, so when they leave tonight and head home, everything is ready for them to walk into the garage tomorrow morning and get into the plow truck and rock & roll.  So we waste not time in the morning.  We want to make sure that everything is ready to go so that when that call comes at 10, 11 tonight.  Our crews are ready to just get in the truck and go,” said Matt Bruning, ODOT press secretary.

They will be out on the roads ahead of the morning commute putting out salt and brine, so that when the snow starts it will come up easier

“The thing that you have to remember about pretreatment is that it isn’t like Teflon.  it doesn’t keep snow from sticking to the pavement.  It breaks up that bond and allows us to remove it easier.  But the Wednesday morning commute will be a big big challenge for everyone in Columbus,” Bruning said. 

And that challenge with this round of snow is all about the timing, since it will still be snowing during the morning rush.

“I would add some extra time knowing that road conditions are going to be less than optimal.  They’re going to be passable, not perfect, and it’s going to take you more time to get to where you need to go,” Bruning said.

Whether it’s treating and plowing the roads or fixing a pothole, crews have become very familiar with the road they’ll be working on and hope this will improve clearing them as well.

“We drive these roads, we’re out there, we want them to be as safe for you as they are for our families, so that’s why they’ll be working really hard over the next couple of hours to make sure that things are as clean as possible for the morning commute,” Bruning said.

Since temperatures will stay above 20 degrees, ODOT will be able to use their normal salt and brine mixture.  They just ask that you allow for extra travel time and give them extra space on the roads as well.

As the snow transitions to rain tomorrow afternoon, the bigger concern will switch to flooding, so make sure that you are checking with NBC 4 online and our NBC 4 WX smartphone app before you hit the road.

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