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ODOT pushes safe driving during deep freeze

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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. 


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