Rapidly cooling temperatures Thursday morning caught Toledo's streets division off-guard, a city spokesman acknowledged later in the day.
While the division of Streets, Bridges, and Harbor had "bridge route" patrols on duty to protect against so-called "black ice" on bridge decks, officials did not expect moisture lingering after Wednesday's heavy rain to make regular pavement slick as the mercury plunged overnight, said Jen Sorgenfrei, a spokesman for Mayor Mike Bell.
"We got a little caught off guard by how quickly the streets slicked over," Ms. Sorgenfrei said. Among those complaining, she said, was Deputy Mayor Steve Herwat, who called in Thursday morning to ask why city salt trucks weren't out.
By midday, the spokesman said, salt trucks had covered all of Toledo's major streets, but that was a bit late for several people who called The Blade reporting they had slipped and slid on icy Monroe Street earlier in the day.
Theresa Pollick, the Ohio Department of Transportation's district spokesman in Bowling Green, said her agency had a full complement of about three dozen trucks assigned after midnight to cover metro Toledo. But the freeways and rural highways didn't become slick, she said, because high winds during the evening helped moisture on those exposed roadways evaporate quickly.