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Butler County chief engineer: Roads are not in great shape

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 8:41 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

            The snow is beginning to pile up, and Cincinnati Dayton Road in Liberty Twp. was treacherous Saturday morning. STAFF
The snow is beginning to pile up, and Cincinnati Dayton Road in Liberty Twp. was treacherous Saturday morning. STAFF

UPDATE, 10:55 a.m.: Snow is piling up in Butler County and roads are slippery, causing numerous slide-off accidents.

Butler County Chief Engineer Dale Schwieterman said, “Right now the roads are not in great shape.”

All 16 snow plows started working at around 2:30 a.m., and with the snow coming faster it has been hard to keep up, he said.

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“As the intensity has picked up, it’s hard to keep up with it,” he said. “Some of our more urban areas, it’s always tough — if there it traffic, it’s hard for our guys to get around.”

At this point crews are just plowing because salt doesn’t work well on the snow pack, Schwieterman said.

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“They’re just trying to keep up. Right now they’ve gone more into plowing than they are really salting because we hate to salt on top of the snow and then come back and plow it back off and waste it,” he said.

Butler County dispatchers still say none of the crashes were serious. Dispatchers in Middletown and West Chester earlier said they have not had a lot of crashes so far today.

UPDATED @ 10:13 a.m.: A tanker truck hauling refrigerated nitrogen slid off northbound Interstate 75 in Butler County at around 9:30 a.m., and there are several other accidents on the highway.

The area could see as much as 7 inches of snow by Sunday morning, according to some forecasts.

Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers said the tanker went off the road at the Tylersville Road exit. Dispatch chatter indicated the tanker is upright. There is another crash in that area, and one on the northbound ramp at Cincinnati Dayton Road. No injuries have been reported.

FIRST REPORT: Dispatchers, however, are reporting there haven’t been any serious accidents so far.

The snow has caused numerous slide-offs countywide, but no major accidents have been reported.

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“They are kind of all over and spread out,” a county dispatcher said. “We’ve had them really over the county — nothing crazy, just people sliding off the roads.”

The roadway lines northbound on Interstate 75 and Ohio 129 were barely visible at around 7:30 a.m., and snow totals by Sunday morning could reach seven inches, according to the latest forecast.