ODOT prepares for upcoming snow removal season

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oh.-(WTAP) As we head into late October, highway crews are completing their construction projects for the year, and getting ready for winter driving.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's Southeast district held its annual inspection of its snow removal equipment.

It allows ODOT mechanics to make sure snow plows and trucks are ready to clear highways of snow and ice all winter long.

And thanks to a mild winter last year, it's well-stocked with what's needed to treat icy roads.

"Because of last winter being relatively mild, we're actually seeing the benefit to our salt prices in Washington County," says District 10 spokeswoman Ashley Rittenhouse. "This year, we're going to be paying a little under $52 a ton for salt, and that's because of having a relatively mild winter last year."

ODOT says it had a 98% success rate last winter of clearing priority routes within two hours of a snow event.

And it reminds motorists to give ODOT drivers room to work during the winter, by slowing down and making space for snowplows.

That's because the trucks usually drive much slower than other traffic.