Snow plowers to work through the night

By Dick Berry - email

(WTOL) - With the biggest snow storm of the season coming in, many residents are wondering if budget cuts will affect snow plowing.

News 11's Dick Berry talked to the local district of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to see what their plan is for snow plows over the next 24 hours. Here's what they told us.

ODOT is in what the agency calls 'an all-snow scenario.' Every truck is out spreading salt and clearing roadways. The work started at 8:30 Friday morning.

ODOT trucks sprayed roadways with brine. The brine makes salt more effective when it's eventually spread. "Plus the advantage of using brine is the fact we can get a jump on the storm. It will help to protect roads. Keep the material on them and once down, easier for us to catch-up with the snowfall," Theresa Pollick with ODOT told us.

ODOT is loading up on salt to spread on roadways. There's no shortage of the stuff, it's just more expensive this year, so they use it more conservatively.

"Right now, as far as our supply, it's good. We're prepared for this one and we're getting more salt coming in and continue to replenish," said Pollick.

They tell us this storm is as big as they get for ODOT. 120 plows will be out on Northwest Ohio roadways. Plow drivers will be working twelve-hour shifts.

Plow driver Mike Danko has battled snowstorms for 23 years. His biggest worry when out on slippery, snow-covered roadways: other drivers. "You know where you're going, but you don't know where they're going. Specifically, they like to tailgate you. Get aside of you. All at once, you see people in the middle between three guys."

The forecast calls for light fluffy snow, which could result in heavy drifting. ODOT's drivers expect some long hours.