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ODOT gearing up for winter

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Each ODOT truck is equipped with flashing green, yellow and white lights, making Ohio the only state in the country with this feature. Each ODOT truck is equipped with flashing green, yellow and white lights, making Ohio the only state in the country with this feature.
MONCLOVA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Winter is right around the corner and the Ohio Department of Transportation is gearing up for nasty weather conditions.

ODOT also wants to guarantee drivers are safe on roadways.

This winter, the 15 western Lucas County plow drivers will be hitting roadways sooner. Operations have been moved from South Detroit Avenue in Toledo to a new garage in Monclova Township.

"We were basically 20 minutes away from our closest routes that we maintain. By moving out here, we're in minutes, miles of US-24 and I-475," said Jeff O'Neal with ODOT.

The facility is modern, too, with a brine-making operation. A total of 3,000 gallons can be made per hour with 40,000 gallons stored at any given time.

"As a pre-treatment, we put the brine out ahead of time, helps them get a jump on things, and keep the snow from sticking to the road when the snow first starts to come down," explained O'Neal.

The salt dome is also bigger with a capacity of 7,000 tons.

The big story, though, is the trucks. Each one is equipped with flashing green, yellow and white lights. Ohio is the only state in the country with the lights.

"The plow drivers are professional, but we want to make sure everybody is taking time and paying attention, and keeping a distance around yourself so that everything is safe," said O'Neal.

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