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ODOT prepares for winter weather

With snowflakes in the forecast, ODOT employees are preparing for a busy weekend ahead.

With snowflakes in the forecast, ODOT employees are preparing for a busy weekend ahead.

Mike Mitchell, a Jefferson County ODOT employee, has been plowing and treating the same route for 4 years.

But this isn't Mitchell's first route. He’s been on the job for the last 11 years, and with every snow storm comes new obstacles.

As Mitchell goes out to ensure the roads are clear for drivers, he has a reminder of his wife close by. All the snow plows have been decorated by local elementary schools, and the plow on his truck was decorated by his wife’s preschool class.

While we have yet to see a lot of snow in the Ohio Valley, ODOT is prepared for whatever the winter brings. Their drivers are trained and the salt is just waiting to be used.

"It depends on the severity of the storm, but it could be 144 tons [of salt], to double or triple that," ODOT Transportation Manager Hugh Sutherin said. "It’s been a slow winter for us so far; it seems like it’s coming in late, but we are always ready. The guys have been trained well and they’re professionals.”

Just a reminder - those at ODOT did say that if you see a plow, do your best to stay out of the way.

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