BEREA, Ohio (WTVG) – The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Fee introduced the winners of its first-ever ‘Identify-A-Snowplow’ contest.
In accordance with the turnpike fee, practically 1,000 entries have been obtained in the course of the submission interval from October 19, 2021, by way of November 20, 2021.
Out of the 1,000 entries, officers from turnpike fee chosen the highest 50 names that have been put to a public vote. Almost 4,000 votes have been solid on the turnpike’s web site in the course of the public voting interval.
The eight winners have been introduced on December 3, 2021, and every winner obtained a $100 reward card.
Eight distinctive names have been assigned to every of the eight snowplows in service at eight of the turnpike’s upkeep buildings. Right here’s the checklist of winners and places:
Jim Bauer (Wauseon, Ohio) Snow Pressure One Kunkle Upkeep Constructing 1 – Milepost 16 – West Unity, Ohio (Williams County)
Tim Towner (Swanton, Ohio) Sir Plows-A-Lot Swanton Upkeep Constructing 2 – Milepost 48.9 – Swanton, Ohio (Fulton County)
Rebekah Chatterjee (Toledo, Ohio) Snowbi-Wan Kenobi Elmore Upkeep Constructing 3 – Milepost 79.9 – Elmore, Ohio (Ottawa County)
Mark Hayden (Toledo, Ohio) Plowy McPlowface Castalia Upkeep Constructing 4 – Milepost 106.7 – Bellevue, Ohio (Erie County)
Cassandra Welch (LaSalle, Mich.) Darth Blader Amherst Upkeep Constructing 5 – Milepost 141.0 – Amherst, Ohio (Lorain County)
Sebastian Calo (Cleveland Hts., Ohio) Snow Extra Mr. Ice Man Boston Upkeep Constructing 6 – Milepost 173.9 – Richfield, Ohio (Summit County)
Marc Manuszak (Perrysburg, Ohio) O-H Snow U Didn’t Hiram Upkeep Constructing MB 7 – Milepost 198.6 – Garrettsville, Ohio (Portage County)
Cori DeRenzis (Brookfield, Ohio) Ah, Push It… Push It Actual Good! Canfield Upkeep Constructing 8 – Milepost 228.1 – Canfield, Ohio (Mahoning County)
The Identify-A-Snowplow contest is a reminder to “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” and to at all times drive safely on the turnpike in the course of the winter snow and ice season, in line with a media launch from the turnpike fee. Drivers ought to take each precaution to keep away from passing snowplows and permit additional area for the plow drivers to clear the street. The most secure place to be on the street is behind a snowplow, in line with the turnpike fee.
For the turnpike’s skilled and devoted crews, the Identify-A-Snowplow contest is a chance to acknowledge them for his or her exhausting work across the clock guaranteeing that turnpike prospects have a protected driving expertise. The usage of a number of methods and superior gear for snow and ice elimination, together with different customary practices, make the turnpike one of many most secure roadways to journey.
Snowplow crews keep the 1,395 lane miles, 31 interchanges and 14 service plazas alongside the turnpike, which stretches throughout 13 counties in northern Ohio.
Crews will work 12-hour shifts to clear the roadways, when there’s snow and ice. There are 15 salt storage services alongside the turnpike, and crews use a median of 65,000 tons of salt every year and 293,000 gallons of liquid chemical compounds per 12 months.
Drivers are inspired to stay within the car and name #677 when a car breaks down or when there’s a crash. Drivers also needs to activate hazard lights, and transfer the car as far off the roadway as doable.
The Identify-A-Snowplow contest, which is sponsored by the Northern Ohio Buick GMC Sellers, will run once more this 12 months.
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