ODOT: Snow Crews to Work in Tandem

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CLEVELAND — The Ohio Department of Transportation wants you to know it already started to prepare for the winter storm that’s headed our way.

Widespread snow was expected by Tuesday evening when a winter storm warning was scheduled to begin.  Click here for the full forecast.

ODOT crews began pretreating the roads Monday night.

Eighty crews will be available Tuesday night in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties and will work around the clock until the snow event ends.

Because the snowfall is expected to be significant, crews will be working together to clear the roads more quickly.

ODOT warned drivers to never try to maneuver between two plows working in tandem.  An example of plows working in tandem is provided below.

As always, remember plows drive well below the posted speed limit and take up an entire lane.  Other vehicles are safest a few hundred feet behind them.

Be sure to allow extra travel time on Wednesday morning.  You can check the conditions by tuning in to Fox 8 News in the Morning or by browsing the traffic page.

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  • Mary Lynn

    I saw four working in tandem the other day. It was amazing to see and I was glad I was going the opposite side of the road. Four…I had never seen this before.

  • Jacob

    Plow drivers take up more then one lane and are one of the major causes of car accidents in winter they dont know how to get over so they dont take up the whole road

  • Rick

    They run tandem plows all the time in Cleveland Heights. Anyone who doesn’t stay clear of them is simply asking for trouble.

  • Sharon Lorentzen

    And apparently they can’t wait the few MINUTES it takes for them to plow. One of the major causes of winter accidents? Whose fault would that be? They have blinking lights, bright lights, BIG plow on front, going slow……
    Seriously. What’s the rush folks?

  • John Mazza (@maz2331)

    I can’t tell how often I get passed in terribly slick and snowy conditions by someone who thinks that 70 is a safe speed on snow and ice. It isn’t. If you can’t see the paint on the road, then 40-45 is the absolute maximum safe speed in any vehicle. Your coefficient of friction between the tires and the road is only 5-25% of what it is under normal conditions – which means it will take 4 to 20 times longer to stop, or only a slight turn to spin out of control.

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