'People really just need to get off the road'

Level 2 snow emergency continues for Huron County.
Scott Seitz
Jan 6, 2014

State and county highway department crews continue to battle drifting snow amid extremely low temperatures.

"Most of the county is shut down," County Engineer Joe Kovach said Monday afternoon.

"We're holding up OK," he added. "That's if our trucks could stay on the road."

Huron County was under a Level 3 snow emergency from noon Monday to early Tuesday morning, meaning motorists were ordered off the roads unless there was an emergency. Violators could face criminal charges. The snow emergency is now at Level 2, meaning residents should check with their employers as to whether they should report to work and motorists should use extreme caution if they must travel.

Kovach said one of the plows slid off Butler Road.

"We've got a wrecker out there now, pulling him out," Kovach said.

"It's not really the snow; it's the wind," he added. "Salt's no good.

"People really just need to get off the road," Kovach said. "It's hazardous, with bad wind and slick ice conditions."

With temperatures as low as they are, salt alone will not clear the roads of the elements, said Christine Myers, spokesperson for District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Once the temperature dips below zero, a chemical called calcium chloride, combined with salt, makes clearing roads more effective, Myers said.

"We have the ability to get it quickly if we need it," she said about calcium chloride.

Starting in December, ODOT implements two 12-hour shifts, Myers said.

"We've had crews running 24 hours around the clock," she said.

In Huron County, 11 crews run 12-hour shifts, Myers said.

The biggest problem crew members are facing is drifting. If snow drifts once in one area, chances are drifting will re-occur, she said.

"We just have to keep up on it," she said.

Myers said crews also have to be on the look-out for equipment break-downs. With that in mind, ODOT has mechanics working around the clock.

"We're doing everything we can to keep the roads safe and passable," she said. "People expect us to keep the roads clear in these types of conditions.

"Our managers will be keeping on eye on the road conditions. Drivers will continue to keep roads safe and passable until weather moves out of the area."

The forecast calls for temperatures to reach 45 degrees Saturday.

"That's crazy stuff," Kovach said. "We're working and we'll stay working. We won't put our guys at risk. They just need to slow down because the snow is really drifting."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Aaron Krause contributed to this article.

Comments

zombiefan1982

yes, for everyone's safety, if you dont need to be out, stay home!

Dr. Information

Go out enjoy the weather. Roads aren't bad. Go see a movie, shop.

JACKEL

Doc,you just love it,right ?

DQuerin

COUNTY AND SHERIFF NEED to HAVE LEVEL 3 STILL IN EFFECT to MAKE people to STAY off the roads-- working 3rd shift- we don't get excused from work unless this takes place--- roads are STILL HAZARDOUS-- someone needs to care about safety of others.....

votelibertarian

The sheriff doesn't want to piss off local business by keeping workers home. All a money game.

Bobasaur

First, shouldn't ODOT have started using calcium chloride already? And yes DQuerin....the roads are still crap. I think some state routes are worse then they were yesterday.

TOPGUN01

I see the trash crews are still out in this!wow them guys are the best!Thankyou for all you do!

norwalkresident

Norwalk Schools cancelled Wednesday

Brock Lee

no prob