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ODOT drivers working hard out in the snow

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During their 12 hour shift, these drivers have to take several steps in order for them to stand a fighting chance against the snow. During their 12 hour shift, these drivers have to take several steps in order for them to stand a fighting chance against the snow.
No two days are exactly the same. No two days are exactly the same.

Whether it's just a little bit of snow or icy roads, the drivers behind plows for the Ohio Department of Transportation are working hard around the clock to keep the roads manageable.  During their 12 hour shift, these drivers have to take several steps in order for them to stand a fighting chance against the snow.

"We've been really monitoring the temperatures - we have all the trucks out on the routes and if it does seem like the roads are getting icy, we’re going to start putting salt down, we’re going to try to keep the public traveling," said Derick Smith, Highway Tech. 3 for ODOT District 1.

"We get the roads treated with salt, keep the truck loaded, keep it going, keep the plows down in the snow and watch out for traffic," said Mary Lemaster, Highway Tech. 2 for ODOT District 1.

But even after taking all those steps, there's always a chance that the weather could change and make a huge difference during the drivers' shifts. No two days are exactly the same.

"Each one is going to be a little different, just for the fact that temperatures are going to change, and when the temperatures change, your snow changes," said Smith.

"Every day is different and the weather plays a big part of that, whether we’re out on the roads with the plow trucks, or if we're out cutting trees," Lemaster said.

While it is a lot of work, at the end of the day, the drivers say that knowing that they are making a difference for the people on the roads makes all of the effort worthwhile.

"One of the most important things of my job is knowing that I’m going to make the roads clear and clean, and hopefully safer for the traveling public to get to and from, that’s my main goal," said Lemaster.  "My family travels the roads just as well as everybody else, so I would hope that somebody is taking care of the roads they’re traveling, too."

We asked the drivers what some of the hardest parts of their jobs was, and both of them said that other drivers acting recklessly on the road made their jobs a little difficult - so be sure to keep an eye out for the plows as they're doing their jobs on the roads.

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