ODOT Expanding Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Program



ODOT Expanding Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program  




Dear Towing Industry Professional:

This notice is to inform you that ODOT will soon be operating five tow trucks throughout the state, one in each of the following metropolitan regions:  Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.  The program will operate year-round from 6:00 am through 9:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and will be run through the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program, sponsored by State Farm.  The tow truck in Cleveland became operational in 2017.  The remaining four will be put into operation on or before July 1, 2019.  The trucks will be capable of towing passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, and SUVs.

The purpose of the FSP tow trucks is to facilitate the quick clearance of vehicles that are broken down or involved in a crash that are blocking one or more travel lanes, and are impeding or have the potential to impede the normal flow of traffic.  The disabled vehicle will be removed by the FSP tow truck and taken to a safe location, such as on the shoulder, nearby off-ramp, or municipal parking lot, where it will be left for further towing by a local company.  The FSP tow truck will not tow vehicles to local repair facilities, gas stations, or motorist designated locations.  The FSP tow truck will also not be completing any recovery efforts for vehicles on the berms that are not adversely affecting the normal flow of traffic.  ODOT will look to the local tow companies for all recovery efforts.   Please be assured that the FSP tow trucks will not be operating in competition with the local towing companies.  Their sole purpose is to enhance safety to the motoring public, reduce traffic flow delays, and assist local tow companies with safe operating procedures.


ODOT Incident Management

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