Digging out of the snow

ROSS COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – ODOT’s Road Warriors battled hard to keep our roadways safe during the heavy storm.

Rick Shannon, an Ohio Department of Transportation employee in Ross County, even road his ATV to get into work and plow the roads.

Ross County was back to a Level 1 Snow Emergency by early Saturday evening, even after being at a Level 3 overnight. Dozens of Road Warriors were out throughout the storm working to keep you safe. Now, ODOT is pretty proud of the response.

It’s been a long two days for Dustin Pfeifer and the guys on ODOTs Road Warriors crew. They started working around 7 a.m. Friday and by the time he wraps his Saturday shift, Pfeifer will have worked 27 of the last 48 hours.

“I went home at midnight last night and came back at 8 this morning,” said Pfeifer.

He’s not the only one. Dozens of road warriors were out battling through the thick of Friday’s storm.

“They come out here when everybody else wants to go home and stay home,” said ODOT Ross County Transportation Manager Matt Hayes.

Hayes says his crews did a great job, clearing up to six inches of snow in the county.

“We would start to make progress and then we would get another band,” Hayes said.

And just 15 hours after being at a Level 3 Snow Emergency, it was back down to a Level 1.

For Dustin Pfeifer, maybe this storm is enough.

“I hope the rest of the winter goes pretty nice,” he said.

ODOT Crews from Fayette and Pickaway counties even came into help. With the team effort, the roads were cleared ahead of schedule.

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