With the first snow flurries forecast for this weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is getting ready for the winter season.
Madison County residents and travelers passing through may witness a different way of roadway treatment this season, as ODOT’s district 6 will make more use of brine and liquid treatment of roadways to melt the snow.
“We’ll focus more on liquid and brine usage, if we have the opportunity,” said Mitch Blackford, highway maintenance management administrator for Madison County. “With the new garage we have more capability on brine.”
It will be used if the weather forecast calls for “straight” snow. But if rain is in the weather mix, it literally washes away the liquid treatment and yields no benefit.
But not to worry. If brine doesn’t have the opportunity to deal with precipitous road hazards, salt will.
The Madison County garage — which was opened last year on State Route 29 minutes from I-70 — has 5,068 tons of salt on hand, according to a fact sheet issue by ODOT.
The salt will be loaded onto 23 snow plows and used t0 treat 613 lane miles of interstates, state routes, U.S. routes, ramps and bridges.
Price of salt this year averaged $73.82, according to the fact sheet.
Last year 91,237 tons of salt was spread throughout district 6, which include eight central-Ohio counties, including Madison.
Blackford asks motorists to give the snow plow drivers plenty of room to work, “so everyone gets home safely.”
The first flurries are expected Saturday night into Sunday, said Mike Kurz, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington. No accumulation is expected.
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.
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