Northwest High School Art Students
Shine with New Paint-a-Plow Program
What started as a late spring project at Northwest High School has now become a fall project, as well. Northwest High School art students have nearly completed painting a JCDOT plow that will represent their school when it is used to plow roads throughout Jackson County. Students collaborated on a design, learned to transfer the design to the plow, and then began the painting process. With only a few more details left to complete, students expect to have the plow finished and ready for use by mid-September.
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, and completing and submitting the application form.) 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, instructor Julie Dodge shows students how to transfer the design from paper to the plow; students begin the design transfer process; and the nearly completed plow.
Green Lights on Maintenance Vehicles
Jackson County residents will be seeing some new green lights soon, and they won’t be holiday decorations. 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.