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Monday, 16 December 2013 11:11
Traffic moves downn Main Street in Bowling Green Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Road conditions were improving throughout the county this morning following a winter storm that dumped 5 1/2 inches of blowing and drifting snow on the area over the weekend. MORE PHOTOS
"They're a lot better now that the wind has died down," said Gary Britten, superintendent of the Wood County Highway Garage, of the roadways. "They're pretty much all opened up and widened out where they need to be. But they are all very slippery. We're salting the country roads again this morning and" the conditions should improve with sun and a lack of wind.
He said that many of the township and side roads throughout the county are slippery as well "but they're all passable as long as everybody takes their time."
Bowling Green officials said streets were in decent shape this morning after a weekend of constant work by the public works crew.
Assistant Municipal Administrator Lori Tretter said police issued 46 tickets and tows, plus 29 citations for vehicles that remained on designated snow streets after 2 p.m. Saturday. The city instituted a snow emergency at noon Saturday, which orders vehicle owners to remove their vehicles from snow streets.
"The (snow) streets are market with blue and white signs and are also listed on the city's website," she said.
Given the fact that wind has continue to blow and drift snow, she said the city has not yet started the clock on when sidewalks must be cleared. "However, we encourage everyone to get out and get the walks shoveled," she said.
Director of Public Works Brian Craft said plows were on the road starting Saturday at 2 a.m. He said Sunday's work mostly consisted of getting snow out of city parking areas and pushing back drifts on streets around the edge of the city
"The flags were straight out Sunday," Craft said about the wind.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn also noted that the lack of wind has improved conditions. A Level One snow emergency was called for the county starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and carrying through 5 a.m. on Sunday.
Wasylyshyn commended "the great job that the snow plow drivers have done this weekend."
Rick Toepfer, superintendent of streets and buildings for the City of Perrysburg, said that the roads this morning are "in great shape."
"We had the guys work until 3 p.m. yesterday, pretty much straight through."
"The snow was just constant," he said of conditions over the weekend. "We had trouble getting ahead of it, but once it stopped Saturday night we got a handle on it and we were able to clean everything up" by Sunday afternoon.
"And we're still out today looking for touch-ups or wind-blown snow, things like that."
Theresa Pollick, spokesperson for ODOT District 2 in Bowling Green, noted that the condition of the roads "just depends on where you're at. The rural areas we have to be more mindful of. We still have crews out across the district."
"Road-wise we continue to monitor ice and snow."
Dispatchers for Perrysburg Township and North Baltimore police noted this morning that the roadways appeared passable in their areas.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 11:38

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