1/13/2018 4:00:00 PM Despite challenges, ODOT gets the job done
Vinton County Transportation Administrator Dave Molihan (right) and Transportation Director David Stiffler, Jr. talked with The Telegram recently about the challenges involved in responding to the winter-weather events in spite of having to operate from a fire-damaged building. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Despite the December fire-related damage to Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage and office in Vinton County, the ODOT crews have done a yeoman's job in getting the county through the last two snow and ice storms. This is the information Vinton County Transportation Administrator Dave Molihan and Transportation Director David Stiffler, Jr. shared with The Telegram recently.
Molihan explained the crews have been working 24 hours a day through the recent periods of snow, ice and freezing rain. He credited the crews for their work and explained they have met the challenges of high elevations, along with thawing and refreezing patterns that have made it difficult to keep the roads clear. He pointed out they are using heaters to keep the trucks warm because the heated garage is damaged at this point. He is proud about the fact that crews "have not missed a beat" in spite of the challenges.
"We have a good group of employees and despite what has happened to our building, they have proven they can handle bad-weather situations," said Molihan. "We appreciate their effort and commitment."
Stiffler also appreciates the work and the patience residents and business owners have shown during the winter- weather events He knows it has not been easy. The Vinton County Local Schools finally reopened this past week after being closed since just before Christmas break.