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ODOT having crews work 12 hour shifts to keep roads clear as winter storm moves in

3News' January Keaton spoke with several workers

CLEVELAND — As the winter storm moves into Northeast Ohio, as well as the rest of the country, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says it is having crews work longer shifts in an effort to keep roads safe and clear for drivers. 

"They're gonna be working in 12-hour shifts," ODOT spokesperson Amanda McFarland told 3News' January Keaton. 

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According to the transportation agency, over the next 48 hours, Northeast Ohio will have as many as 300 snowplows and crews out and about plowing the roads. The goal, they say, is to stay ahead of the snow. 

"Believe it or not, our men and women actually enjoy this," McFarland said. "They also enjoy making sure that the roads are as safe and passable for the motoring public."

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Despite the heavy lifting from ODOT snowplow drivers, McFarland says that Ohio drivers should not expect perfection, as they are in the same conditions that you are. 

Above all else, though, staying home is always the best answer, ODOT says. 

"Good. I can stay in," one Clevelander told Keaton. 

"Gonna try to get home and stay home," said another woman.


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