ODOT launching Smart ?Salt Strategy

WITH THE arrival of snowy weather, crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation are launching a Smart Salt Strategy for keeping highways safe, by using the right amounts of salt, materials and manpower at the right times and right locations.

And motorists across the state are reminded that in “Ice and Snow — Take it Slow.”

ODOT’s Smart Salt Strategy was developed to help the state be 30 percent more efficient with salt use and still ensure continued safe and passable conditions. Like most Midwest states, Ohio has seen a dramatic increase in the price of salt needed to treat roadways and bridges.

This Smart Salt Strategy includes the use of infrared temperature sensors which allow crews to see the exact surface temperature of the roadways and apply materials only where needed; calibrated salt spreaders, found on every ODOT snow plow, to allow crews to adjust the application of ice-melting materials; and road-gripping additives (sand or grit) mixed with salt and brine to provide more traction for vehicles, especially on less-traveled roadways.

Beyond the plows and salt this winter season, ODOT encourages drivers to be prepared. The first snowstorm usually seems to be the worst because many motorists forget the winter driving skills they developed last year. ODOT’s best advice: In Ice and Snow — Take it Slow.

Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto BuckeyeTraffic.org. Last winter, ODOT’s premiere Web site received more than 117 million hits during the winter driving season.