With rain and snow, road crews mix materials to keep it safe

Drivers should continue to use caution local roadways.

Snow plow loaded with salt.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With the mix and eventual changeover from rain to snow on Thursday, road crews are taking a different approach to keeping the highways safe.

At the PennDOT garage in Mercer, 35 trucks were spreading a mix of salt, sand and brine. The idea is to keep most of the material on the roadway while it’s raining.

The ODOT garage near Lisbon is doing something similar, with 14 of their 16 trucks on the road.

Why the discrepancy in numbers? There are many more state highway miles in the Pennsylvania system.

ODOT says 21 trucks were out in Trumbull County and 21 in Mahoning. They were dropping a mix of salt and salt brine Thursday morning.

There’s a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Trumbull and Mercer Counties.

Meantime, the Ohio Turnpike is banning big trucks and some trailers between Toledo and the Indiana state line, mainly due to high winds. That ban was expected to continue through 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

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