COLUMBUS (WCMH)– With the potential for bad, snowy weather condition on the method, the Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing yourself to hit the roadways with rakes, salt and some new technology.ODOT is beginning to utilize
new tracking gadgets and cameras connected to their trucks to become more effective.”You’ve got electronic cameras
and telemetry that tell us speed of the car, how much material (e.g. salt)they’re dropping at any offered time, “said ODOT press secretary Matt Bruning. “It also offers us a map of where they were, so we can inform what area of highway had been raked or dealt with at what time.”Bruning stated so far there are 4 snow rakes in Licking County that are utilizing this brand-new technology.”This is all stemming from a research project we finished with the University of Akron where they actually looked at ways we might optimize our routes to be more effective, be more efficient with the salt and the product that we utilize and attempt to improve and eventually, that’s what we want to do year after year is to improve at our task,”he said.He stated these new tools will enable ODOT to make decisions on the road within seconds instead of minutes.” For instance, if we were seeing much heavier snow in eastern portion of a county, possibly we would move some of the plows from the western portion of the county over to the eastern part of the county to assist with where we’re seeing one of the most snow, “said Bruning.Currently, there are 234 trucks that are utilizing this brand-new technology across the state. ODOT’s hope is to have all 1,500 snow rakes geared up by winter season 2019 and Columbus geared up by winter 2018.