ODOT Using Road Thermometers and Sensors To Track Severe Weather

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews in Scioto County have been watching computer screens before watching the roads.

With temperatures expected to plummet later Friday, crews were monitoring the situation to see when to fire up the salt trucks.

"We have thermometer censors all along U.S. 23," ODOT Manager Chris Niziol said. "Helps us stay prepared, and whatever comes tonight (Friday) we'll be ready.

Tom Albrecht is ready, as well. He's lived at the base of Rosemont Hill in Scioto County for about seven years, and he knows the drill -- be prepared and stay safe.

"I usually stock up on salt," Albrecht said.

The severe weather can shut down the hill, which is a well-known shortcut to U.S. 23, at a moment's notice.

"Ice is too slick and you can't go nowhere, you can't get the traction," Niziol said. "We'll wait for the news to see what the weather's doing and try to plan ahead."

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