MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - With an eye on colder weather, snow and ice that are just around the corner, the Ohio Department of Transportation held its annual winter-readiness event for Washington County on Monday.
The event in Marietta was one of several being held across the state over the next few weeks as ODOT officials plan ahead to keep roads clear and safe during the winter season.
The event is about being proactive and making sure all of the department's equipment is ready before snow starts to fall. Crews are performing a 150-point check on all equipment to make sure everything is in working order.
In addition, ODOT will continue using the GPS/AVL system that was put into place last winter.
"Each dump truck is equipped with a camera, and our managers back here at the garage will be able to see real-time what is going on out there in the roads, said Ashley Rittenhouse, ODOT's District 10 public-information officer.
She said the department had a lot of success with the system last winter.
"For example, there's heavy snow in one part of the county and it's a little bit lighter in another area, they can dispatch additional crews to where the snow is heaviest," Rittenhouse said.
In addition, Rittenhouse reminded everyone of ODOT's "Don't Crowd the Plow" slogan. It's meant to remind drivers to give snowplows room to work.
The plows often need more room on the roads because they are filled with salt and can tip over easily, she said.