PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth and surrounding areas experienced a touch of winter Saturday with an accumulation of four inches of snow.
Herb Dillow, Supervisor for the city of Portsmouth’s Street Maintenance Department, said the city was prepared to answer any ensuing weather conditions. The city workers labored to rid the streets of snow and ice, hitting the streets early Saturday morning.
“We started sending our trucks out at 1 a.m. this morning,” Dillow said.
Dillow said that the majority of the streets were covered with snow throughout the area by 4 a.m.
“The streets were well-covered by about 4 a.m. and many of them were very slippery,” Dillow said.
Dillow said the city sent out four trucks and dispensed approximately $6,000 worth of salt throughout the streets.
Despite the snowy weather, as of 3 p.m. Saturday, there was only one automobile accident within the city, according to the Portsmouth Police Department.
Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9 continued their efforts to clear the state highway system.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, snowplow operators from the highway maintenance facilities in Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties began plowing and treating the roads Friday night.
Crews continued to work throughout the day to clear remaining snow and slush from all roadways.
Barry Gampp, Transportation Manager for the evening shift of ODOT in Lucasville, said the work crews began the effort to clear the state routes late Friday night.
“We started out last night at 10:30 p.m., right when it started flurrying and we have sent out all of our trucks that were available,” Gampp said.
Gampp said ODOT sent out 13 trucks to cover every state route in Scioto County.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lucasville, two minor accidents occurred in the county and one in Lawrence County as of 3 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries involved or fatalities in any of the three accidents.
Even as roads clear, ODOT advises motorists to continue to exercise additional caution at all times. Reduction of speed and allowing additional travel time will ensures safety for all motorists and snowplow operators.
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