ODOT pushes safe driving during deep freeze - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Updated

ODOT pushes safe driving during deep freeze

Posted: Updated:

The Ohio Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be aware of potential roadway hazards that could result from the current deep freeze.

The combination of the extremely low temperatures and wind chills can cause the roads to become icy, and although most of the roads were safe Monday morning, ODOT is still advising drivers to take it slow for the next few days.

A winter weather advisory and wind chill warning has been issued throughout much of the state through Wednesday. Because of these extreme elements, wet roads can freeze and create dangerous patches of ice, causing road travel to be a little more difficult and slippery. 

Although roads may be plowed and just look a little wet, ODOT warns drivers to not drive the posted speed. They say that the below zero wind chills, cold temperatures and high winds can cause a number of problems, including visibility and black ice. Tuesday morning's wind chills are expected to be the lowest, making road visibility more difficult Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Because of the extreme conditions, ODOT is using formulas that melt the ice more efficiently. They combine rock salt with liquid calcium chloride on pavements with temperatures up to negative 25 degrees. 

ODOT is constantly checking roadway conditions with sensors all over the state that alerts them when areas are re-freezing. Plow trucks also have sensors that help determine roadway conditions. The truck's infrared sensors report the exact road surface temperature to the operators, which helps determine what material needs to be applied. 

You can access current traffic and road conditions at ODOT'S website www.ohgo.com and selecting the Road Sensors icon on the menu. 

 

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:43:45 GMT
    Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.More >>
    Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.
    More >>
  • 2 people, 2 dogs rescued from boat in Lake Erie

    2 people, 2 dogs rescued from boat in Lake Erie

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:35:19 GMT
    The Coast Guard has rescued two people and two dogs from a sinking vessel in Lake Erie.More >>
    The Coast Guard has rescued two people and two dogs from a sinking vessel in Lake Erie.
    More >>
  • Americans from Texas, California killed in Gaza

    Americans from Texas, California killed in Gaza

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:32:05 GMT
    By TAMI ABDOLLAH and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.More >>
    By TAMI ABDOLLAH and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America and had a passion for Israel.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms