ODOT Prepares for Heavy Snow

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With two to four inches of snow expected by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Transportation
was doing everything they could to get ready for the predicted mountain of snow.

In January alone, ODOT had used more than 35,000 tons of salt in District 10 which encompasses Athens and eight
other counties. Only a little over 17,000 tons of salt was used during the same period last year.

Rutowski working at University Communications and Marketing

“We’ll probably shoot 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of brine, just in preparation for the storm,” ODOT administrator Scott Sanders said.

Ohio University students were also preparing for the worst. Ohio University Sophomore Jessica Rutowski said she was surprised when her friend received an email from one of her professors.

“I got a text from my friend saying that she got an email from one of her professors who
already canceled class for tomorrow, and on a college campus that doesn’t happen,” she said.

And the amount of money being spent has significantly increased compared to last year.

“As of February 1st, we have spent about $453,000. Last year we were about half that at the end of winter,” Sanders said.

Rutowski, who was scheduled for an interview in Columbus Wednesday, said she was unsure if she’d be able to make it.

What’s normally only an hour-and-a-half drive could end up being much longer if the roads
don’t get cleared.

As much as Rutowski said she wanted to get her to her interview, she was more concerned for her safety.

“Even if I were to get the internship, I can’t do the internship dead,” said Rutowski.