LAKE COUNTY, OH (WKBN) – Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation installed adjustable speed limit signs on I-90 in Lake County, in one of the worst areas for crashes during bad weather.
WOIO in Cleveland reports that the signs have allowed ODOT to adjust speed limits daily, or even hourly — but this week could be the first big test.
This year, ODOT is implementing what they call “variable speeds” — like in construction zones — but this is for snowy conditions.
With the snowfall last week, the speed limit was dropped down to 40 mph Friday night.
“We didn’t have any major incidents, we weren’t seeing the two-plus inches that corridor can see,” said Amanda McFarland, ODOT spokesperson.
That amount is possible in the next couple of days.
“If the pavement temperature starts to drop really low and we notice ice, we are going to drop it. If we notice the roads are starting to be snow-covered because it is snowing multiple inches an hour and our crews are struggling to keep up, we are going to reduce it again,” McFarland said.