Cold temperatures make work a bit more difficult for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) road crews.
Although there isn't necessarily a lot of snow, crews still watch for "hazard spots" and plow them.
The problem is that single-digit temperatures will freeze the usual brine mix – salt and water, so crews have to use a different blend.
"Using more material with our salt, that means we could be using a combination of several things," explained Theresa Pollick, ODOT's public information officer. "Whether it's calcium chloride, or even the beet juice to combat the colder temperatures and to make the salt a little more affective."
Pollick said they are experiencing various conditions on roadways. Some areas have more snowfall than others, some are covered in black ice, and some areas are experiencing blowing and drifting. She advised drivers to play it safe.
"We just want to remind everybody just to slow down out there," she said. "Take your time on the roadways and, especially in these colder temperatures, make sure your car is in good shape."
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