ODOT gearing up to keep 43K miles of roads clear this winter

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio -- Fall just began -- but winter is right around the corner.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is readying its snow and ice equipment, filling salt barns and ensuring that operators and mechanics are well-trained.

The ODOT office in Summit County Tuesday gave a sneak peek of some of their equipment and snow plow trucks.

In October and November, ODOT crews around the state will conduct 150-point inspections to repair and fine tune snow removal equipment in preparation for winter.

Despite Ohio's mild winter last year, ODOT's snow plow trucks were driven more than 7 million miles plowing and pretreating roadways. That's the equivalent to 281 trips around the Earth.

ODOT has more than 1,800 snow plow trucks and 3,000 operators that clear snow and ice from 43,000 miles of state, U.S. and Interstate routes.

New this winter, drivers can download ODOTs free mobile app, OHGO, which will feature winter road conditions and traffic alerts. The app is available for both iPhones and Androids.