Ohio Turnpike Prepares for Winter Driving Season with Inspection of Snowplows and Equipment

Name-a-Snowplow Contest is set to return in the coming weeks.

In preparation for the upcoming winter season, officials from the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission will perform a 136-point inspection of all snowplows and equipment in operation at eight maintenance buildings located across the 241-mile toll road.

This year, more than 100 snowplows will be available to maintain the 1,395 lane miles, 31 toll plaza interchanges, and 14 service plazas along the Ohio Turnpike, which traverses through 13 counties in northern Ohio.

The maintenance checklist includes an inspection of all engine parts, plowing equipment, tires, lights, and other components as well as a test calibration of the salt and liquid de-icing systems.

The Ohio Turnpike’s second annual Name-a-Snowplow Contest is set to return in the coming weeks. For contest details, stay tuned to www.ohioturnpike.org and its social media channels.

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Ohio Turnpike Snow & Ice Removal Facts

  • In 2021-2022, the Ohio Turnpike handled 55 winter storm events. Roadway and maintenance crews worked more than 32,000 hours to keep the turnpike and facilities clear of snow and ice.
  • More than 309,000 gallons of de-icing liquid and 56,000 tons of salt were used to remove snow and ice from the roadway and bridges in 2021-2022. (On average, about 293,000 gallons of liquid chemicals and 65,000 tons of salt are used per year.)
  • When required, roadway and maintenance crews will work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week to provide Ohio Turnpike customers with a safe and reliable roadway during the winter driving season.