CINCINNATI — 2022. 2008. 1978. Years written within the climate historical past guide for blizzards within the Tri-State.

So much has modified over the previous 44 years. Street crews and utility crews are using new know-how to assist in their response to extreme winter climate.

On the bottom, Matt Bruning, ODOT spokesperson, mentioned the division has put in GPS trackers, and cameras on every salt truck. That new tech offers real-time data and information for managers to look by, and to offer enter on easy methods to use sources extra effectively, and successfully.

“Years in the past it was set a dial, put the salt down and hope for the perfect. Now we have a look at pavement temperatures, and determine what are the perfect remedies for that,” he mentioned. “We all know when to combine within the components as a result of we will see what the pavement circumstances are doing in real-time.”

Sally Thelen, Duke Vitality spokesperson, mentioned crews are ready for extreme climate. She mentioned Duke Vitality has made many adjustments to the ability grid which assist with response time.

“We’ve accomplished numerous grid strengthening lately. You’ve heard us speak about going digital on the grid. Self-healing know-how. We’ve fortified it lots on that facet of it.”

So what’s self-healing know-how? Thelen mentioned it routinely detects energy outages, and re-routes energy to revive service sooner. In some instances, it could actually assist keep away from an outage altogether. Meaning much less time spent in the dead of night, and within the chilly.

“We’re very assured in our programs on each electrical and fuel aspect that we’ll be ready. And positively all fingers on deck we’ll be able to hit this if we do get in depth outages,” she mentioned.

The know-how is a far cry from what street crews had of their arsenal in the course of the blizzard of 1978. 12 inches of snow fell, and wind speeds reached 50 miles per hour.

WCPO archive footage confirmed a number of street crew employees at the back of a salt truck, pushing out salt by the shovel.

The Blizzard of ’78: From the Archive

Effectivity is vital, now.

The Metropolis of Cincinnati has put in a 3-1-1 Cincy Cellular App, which incorporates submitted customer support requests, and GPS mapping. Each of these, in the end assist get crews to the place they should go sooner, and extra successfully.

“I believe Cincinnati has accomplished an exquisite job with the know-how. We’ve a snow plow tracker that residents can go browsing and see the place our vans have been. That’s one thing we’ve accomplished for a couple of years within the metropolis of Cincinnati,” Jarrod Bolden, Superintendent of Visitors and Street Operations, mentioned.

In the end, crews nonetheless need to battle Mom Nature. Even with the brand new know-how, it may be a troublesome process.

“Know-how is actually making our job extra environment friendly. However the battle remains to be the identical,” Bruning mentioned.

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