COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) — Residents may not want to hear it, but winter is right around the corner. In preparation for the snow and ice that is sure to come, the Ohio Department of Transportation is getting its snow removal equipment ready.
Over the next several weeks, ODOT District 11 will conduct random 150-point inspections to repair and fine-tune snow removal equipment as part of county-by-county Equipment Readiness Inspections.
“Unfortunately, we never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at us,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “The best we can do is be prepared for everything, all the time.”
In addition to the snow removal preps, ODOT has continued to add green and white lights to its existing amber lights and upgraded 70 percent of its fleet with the visible light combination. All vehicles should be upgraded by the end of the year.
ODOT maintains nearly 43,000 lane miles of state highway.