ODOT preparations on the roads

Ashland, Ore., — When the weather starts to change and storms start to roll in the Rogue Valley, Oregon Department of Transportation is on it.

Working with the National Weather Service., ODOT says they’re always prepared for snow this time of year.

When the first flurries hit Ashland this afternoon, Chelsea Stevens was ready with her truck to de-ice the roads.

“Pretty important, it keeps us a little bit ahead of the game. It keeps the road from getting too cold and freezing as fast as it normally would without any product on the road.”

The magnesium chloride solution helps keep the snow from sticking to the roads as long as possible.

Stevens says the de-icer does make the road look wet – so if you’re unsure if it’s from the de-icer or rain, be sure to always drive carefully.

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