During snow storms, The Ohio Department of Transportation’s main goal is to keep those on the roads safe, and now, they’re keeping up with the times and using 21st century tools. Not only are ODOT employees working around the clock in their trucks, but they’re reporting back what they see, so we can know up to the minute conditions via social media right in the palm of our hand.
“We have a public relations officer her name is Becky Giauque, and she’s at the district. Becky does a great job getting that information out to the traveling public about the conditions of the road, and when we’re out and what type of weather we’re battling out there,” say Ty Justice/, Transportation Administrator for ODOT in Jefferson County:
Hashtags such as #ODOTReady and #ODOTWinter help all of us share information about how road crews are preparing, where they are once the snow hits, and the level of snow accumulation on the roads.
“We’ve been running around the clock. We’ve got 12 routes. A truck on each route,” adds Transportation Manager Hugh Sutherin. “We always keep the trucks prepared: when we’re not fighting snow and ice, we keep extra guys in to help mechanics our to make sure everything is up and running.”
As the snow does continue to come down in Jefferson County and the rest of the Ohio Valley Tuesday into Wednesday, staying up to date on social media is important, but there’s no replacement for old fashion common sense on the roadways.
“Be patient, be safe, and let us do our jobs,” says Sutherin.
You can follow @ODOT_easternOH on Twitter and Ohio Department of Transportation Eastern Ohio District 11 on Facebook for conditions and information from your area of the Ohio Valley.