The Jackson County Department of Transportation (JCDOT) has proudly partnered with two more schools in our Paint-a-Plow Program. Columbia Central and Vandercook Lake High School art students have recently completed painting JCDOT plows that represent their schools. These plows will be used to clear snowy roads throughout Jackson County. Students collaborated on a design, learned to transfer the design to the plow, and then began the painting process.
Paint-a-Plow is a community outreach program that invites students to paint a JCDOT snow plow with original artwork, to represent their individual school. (Jackson County high school art instructors can apply to the program for their students by clicking on the paint brush icon found in the middle of this page.) In addition to being visible when in full service during the winter-weather months, the plows can be used at events within the community to enhance public awareness, promote safety, and foster a greater appreciation of both JCDOT and the school’s art program. Plus, it’s fun!
In these photos you can see how students began the design transfer process and progressed to completely painted plows.
(Jackson County art instructors can apply to the program for their students by clicking on the paint brush icon found in the middle of this page, and completing and submitting the application form.)
Green Lights on Maintenance Vehicles
To improve the safety of our drivers and motorists, Jackson County Department of Transportation has joined other municipal transportation agencies in installing green strobe lights on our maintenance vehicles. Most of our vehicles will use a combination of amber and green lights, which will differentiate them from other emergency and service vehicles.
According to JCDOT Managing Director Christopher Bolt, “The flashing light patterns you will see are very distinctive and are clearly not traffic signals. Green is one of the most visible colors to our eyes at night. Green LEDs are very visible over a long distance, effectively cutting through fog, snow, and rain. Other states have been experimenting with these with positive impacts on visibility, and the overall safety of maintenance workers and equipment. The Jackson County Department of Transportation is a leader in safety initiatives like this, and you will soon see these green lights statewide.”
This photo was provided by the County Road Association.