Preparation: What road crews are doing to keep drivers safe in snow

The Ohio Department of Transportation will have 40 crews out in Mahoning and Trumbull counties

ODOT crews prepare for snow on the roads in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Cold and snow is heading into the Valley, and Trumbull County road crews are preparing for the worst.

Storm Team 27 Meteorologist Matt Jones says the weather is normal for this time of year.

“What’s going to happen is when that first band of snow hits, the roads are going to freeze over, especially overnight, until we get more of the snowfall come Friday.”

The Ohio Department of Transportation has been preparing for this for a few days. Crews have been pretreating the roads with salt brine and have a plan for when the snow starts to accumulate.

“We’ll have between 19 to 20 crews out in both Mahoning and Trumbull counties for a total of 40 crews, and we’ll be working 12-hour shifts around the clock as long as it’s snowing,” Justin Chesnic said.

Trumbull County Highway Superintendent Gregg Alberini says the engineer’s office has been loading up on salt to prevent slick spots.

“We’ll see how the storm comes in and what we have to do.”

Crews there have 15,000 tons of salt. The engineer’s office says it will help them tackle what could be some messy roads.

“If the snow comes in heavy, we’ll continue to plow and treat as necessary, the same areas, and then when the storm’s over, we’ll clean up,” Alberini said.

Road crews are reminding drivers who plan on traveling to leave early, keep a safe distance and drive according to the conditions.

They also say people should not pass a salt truck in front of them. Drivers should stay at least 500 feet behind it.

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