ODOT: Removing trees saves roads - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

ODOT: Removing trees saves roads

Posted: Updated:
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

So have you seen the crews along the side of the highway - the ones who are aggressively tearing down tree after tree?  Or maybe you have seen the aftermath.  

It's one thing to just cut the grass off the sides of the highway in the summer but ODOT is taking out larges spaces of trees and all other vegetation.  In many areas entire hillsides are wiped clean off standing trees.  It turns out it's not just for looks.  It's an effort to keep the sun shining on the highway at all times to keep it dry.

"During snow and ice season when the snow is hitting the pavement opposed to just hitting the trees and the road stays shaded, it helps the snow and ice chemicals work faster, helps the road dry faster and that prolongs the roadway life quite a bit more," said ODOT Dist. 4 spokesperson, Justin Chesnic.

Tall trees often block the sun from hitting the roads.  And even in freezing temperatures, the sun can melt snow on pavement pretty quickly.

Cutting off the vegetation also makes a difference in stopping the creation of potholes.

"When you kind of get that freeze-thaw cycle with warm days and cold evenings, the worst thing for the road is precipitation and water. It gets into the cracks and freezes and it creates those potholes so if we can prevent that even more so that is a good thing," added Chesnic.

So cutting trees can not only be cost effective for ODOT in the long run, dry roads will always be safer for motorists

  • Hot ClicksHot ClicksMore>>

  • Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

    Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

    Thursday, June 20 2019 12:01 AM EDT2019-06-20 04:01:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File). FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo an address sign for Facebook Way is shown in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook unveiled a broad plan Tuesday, June 18, to create a new digital currency.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File). FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo an address sign for Facebook Way is shown in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook unveiled a broad plan Tuesday, June 18, to create a new digital currency.
    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File). FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo an address sign for Facebook Way is shown in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook unveiled a broad plan Tuesday, June 18, to create a new digital currency.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File). FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo an address sign for Facebook Way is shown in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook unveiled a broad plan Tuesday, June 18, to create a new digital currency.
    Facebook plans its own digital currency for use by 2 billion-plus people.More >>
    Facebook plans its own digital currency for use by 2 billion-plus people.More >>
  • US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

    US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

    Wednesday, June 19 2019 11:21 PM EDT2019-06-20 03:21:16 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). FILE - This combination of Dec. 13 and 17, 2018 photos shows the Utah State Capitol during clear and an inversion day in Salt Lake City. Inversions hover over Salt Lake City as cold, stagnant air settles in the bowl-shaped mount...(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). FILE - This combination of Dec. 13 and 17, 2018 photos shows the Utah State Capitol during clear and an inversion day in Salt Lake City. Inversions hover over Salt Lake City as cold, stagnant air settles in the bowl-shaped mount...
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). FILE - This combination of Dec. 13 and 17, 2018 photos shows the Utah State Capitol during clear and an inversion day in Salt Lake City. Inversions hover over Salt Lake City as cold, stagnant air settles in the bowl-shaped mount...(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). FILE - This combination of Dec. 13 and 17, 2018 photos shows the Utah State Capitol during clear and an inversion day in Salt Lake City. Inversions hover over Salt Lake City as cold, stagnant air settles in the bowl-shaped mount...
    America's air has been steadily getting cleaner, but the last two years that's not been the case with more unhealthy air.More >>
    America's air has been steadily getting cleaner, but the last two years that's not been the case with more unhealthy air.More >>
  • Italian woman who was Europe's oldest person has died at 116

    Italian woman who was Europe's oldest person has died at 116

    Wednesday, June 19 2019 11:01 PM EDT2019-06-20 03:01:07 GMT
    (Franco Cautillo/ANSA via AP). This photo taken on March, 19, 2018 shows Giuseppina Robucci from Poggio Imperiale, near Foggia, Southern Italy. A 116-year-old Italian woman who was the oldest person in Europe and the second-oldest in the world has died...(Franco Cautillo/ANSA via AP). This photo taken on March, 19, 2018 shows Giuseppina Robucci from Poggio Imperiale, near Foggia, Southern Italy. A 116-year-old Italian woman who was the oldest person in Europe and the second-oldest in the world has died...
    (Franco Cautillo/ANSA via AP). This photo taken on March, 19, 2018 shows Giuseppina Robucci from Poggio Imperiale, near Foggia, Southern Italy. A 116-year-old Italian woman who was the oldest person in Europe and the second-oldest in the world has died...(Franco Cautillo/ANSA via AP). This photo taken on March, 19, 2018 shows Giuseppina Robucci from Poggio Imperiale, near Foggia, Southern Italy. A 116-year-old Italian woman who was the oldest person in Europe and the second-oldest in the world has died...
    A 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world has died.More >>
    A 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world has died.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms