Ohio DOT wraps record-busting winter in 50 seconds

Transportation communicators are in the information business. It remains a challenge to think of new ways to creatively sharing critical information. Therefore, a major hat-tip to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

ODOT turned to YouTube to share their annual snow and ice wrap up statistics.

According to the video, ODOT used more than 1 million tons of salt, compiled 1.2 million hours worked, drove 14 million miles and spent $113 million on snow and ice fighting. Somehow reading the list of ODOT’s accomplishments is not quite as powerful as seeing it on video.

Not every state transportation department or transit agency has access to video. But we all have the ability to think beyond the news release.

 

Talking Transportation: Filling the pothole story

It’s the best time of year if you love baseball, but the worst time of year if you own or drive a car. Yes, major league baseball players are enjoying sunshine and spring weather as they prepare for a new season. The rest of us are struggling through a different change of seasons – from winter to pothole season – that leaves roadways bumpy, and in some cases dangerous.

State transportation departments have used a variety of tools to engage the public on the topic of potholes. Some have been fun, others serious. In Washington, DC and other states the annual spring push asks the public to help officials locate potholes.

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Transportation As Symphony

Regular readers know that I’m a big fan of video. This new clip from the Virginia Department of Transportation does a fantastic job of describing how new technology will help keep things in “tune” along the state’s Interstate 66.