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ODOT holds annual winter inspections

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From the trucks they drive to the machinery that makes what they put down, everything must be functioning properly in order for ODOT to do their job. From the trucks they drive to the machinery that makes what they put down, everything must be functioning properly in order for ODOT to do their job.
It is important to get different people inspecting the equipment to make sure that nothing is missed, so that everything goes to plan when drivers are out on the roads. It is important to get different people inspecting the equipment to make sure that nothing is missed, so that everything goes to plan when drivers are out on the roads.

The winter season is approaching and for ODOT that means making sure their trucks are ready for the roads. ODOT crews all over West-Central Ohio are inspecting their snow-fighting equipment, making sure things are running smoothly. From the trucks they drive to the machinery that makes what they put down, everything must be functioning properly in order for ODOT to do their job.

"It's pretty much a federal inspection, what trucks on the road get," says Allen ODOT Garage Manager Kyle Fields. "We just do it in house. We look for lights, tires, brakes. We focus on cracks, make sure the plows are up and running."

It is important to get different people inspecting the equipment to make sure that nothing is missed, so that everything goes to plan when drivers are out on the roads. ODOT Highway Management Administrator Rod Nuveman says that when inclement weather first hits, drivers can be caught off-guard, and should plan on adjusting to winter driving and the changes on the road.

"We're gonna be driving a little bit slower than the speed limit a lot of times which means you're gonna run up on us faster, but we need to do that in order to safely clear the roadways for you so you can get where you want to go," says Nuveman.

ODOT's goal is to have the roads back to normal conditions within two hours of a winter storm ending, and when it comes to driving on ice and snow before that point, Nuveman says that slow is the way to go.

"Give yourself a little extra time and watch out for us, we'll watch out for you."

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