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    ODOT workers at the Lucas County garage load the deicer into semi-truck tankers.
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    Snowplows that service the Ohio Turnpike were put through a 136-point inspection before winter begins. The Swanton maintenance building is among eight maintenance facilities that serve the 241-mile toll road.
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    ODOT highway technician Gary Sears at 6’3 is dwarfed by the 6,000 tons of rock salt in the Lucas County storage barn.

ODOT, Ohio Turnpike ready for winter amid record warmth

The calendar may indicate snowflakes should be flying, but in typical northwest Ohio fashion, the weather doesn’t always align with the season. And so it was on November 10 when the Ohio Department of Transportation conducted its annual equipment inspection to ensure readiness for the winter weather ahead.

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