ODOT Works to Keep Road Clear During Winter Mix - KOAM TV 7

ODOT Works to Keep Road Clear During Winter Mix


It was a winter wonderland for many Four Staters on Tuesday, but those who weren't lucky enough to get a snow day had to hit Four State highways. And the area Departments for Transportation stayed busy keeping already snowy roads safe for drivers. 

Dustin Marang is one of many employees from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation hitting the road from dawn until dusk to make sure those of us who don't have a snow day can get to our destination safely. Marang says his crew has been working around the clock since the first sign of snow flurries Monday afternoon.
"There's really no tough part to it, you've just got to stay after it, you know, if the wheels aren't turnings, you aren't getting anything done," Marang said.
According to O DoT,  there are four trucks out on the roads in Ottawa County, and each truck is responsible for 80 miles of county highways.

"Our priority usually depends on the traffic, the traffic count to each road is different," Marang said.
Which is why Marang says maintaining Highways 59 and 69 in Ottawa County are at the top of the list. Something drivers like Stan Humble of Ottawa County really appreciates.

"They've been pretty good today, better than I thought they'd be. I live out in the country, and I've seen the graders out pass my house both times, when the ice came two or three days ago and just while ago when I came from the house," Humble said.
And other drivers out in Ottawa County seem to agree.
"The country roads are fairly bad, but once you get out on the highway it seems pretty good,"said Ottawa County Resident Sandy Amiott.

"Spotty, I mean there are some slick spots, but they are getting them cleaned off pretty good," said Danny Cartwright, also of Ottawa County.
But Marang says his O DoT crews don't deserve all of the credit and that the best helper they have in the fight against ice and snow isn't salt or even trucks; but plain old sunshine.
"You are just trying to get it gone as soon as possible, and mother nature can do more in one day than we can do in four days," Marang said.
And baring any more snow on the ground, Marang said his crew will have all Highways in the county cleared and ready to go by the times his crews get off at midnight.

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