The Ohio Turnpike crew is ready for ‘Old Man Winter,’ are you?

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Troy Bader, Hiram Division Chief Mechanic, conducts an inspection of Ohio Turnpike snowplow equipment at the Boston Garage on Oct. 22. (courtesy Ohio Turnpike)
Troy Bader, Hiram Division Chief Mechanic, conducts an inspection of Ohio Turnpike snowplow equipment at the Boston Garage on Oct. 22. (courtesy Ohio Turnpike)

It will be flying before we know it–snowflakes and the Ohio Turnpike is making sure they are ready when it does.

The Ohio Turnpike made its final preparations for the winter season, which included inspecting winter equipment at its eight maintenance garages across the area.

The annual, 135-point inspection of all snowplows and equipment takes place before the first signs of winter weather.

“Turnpike customers expect a premium road to travel during the winter,” said Chris Matta, Maintenance Engineer for the Ohio Turnpike. “When required, crews will work 12-hour shifts seven days a week to provide customers with a safe and reliable route on the Ohio Turnpike.”

The Ohio Turnpike said drivers can be assured that a sufficient number of snowplows will be available at any given moment to maintain the 1,386 lane miles, 31 interchanges, and 14 service plazas on the Ohio Turnpike.

There are 15 salt storage facilities and the Turnpike began stockpiling salt in the late summer.

The Turnpike said in a release that crews use an average of 70,000 tons of salt each year; although last year’s harsh winter required 100,000 tons.

The Ohio Turnpike does not close during snow emergencies.

It wants to remind drivers to make sure your vehicle is road-ready, plan for extra travel time when necessary and always allow extra distance between vehicles.

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