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Costly Winter Thus Far in Ohio

Costly Winter Thus Far in Ohio

This has been a costly winter for Ohio.

The Ohio Dept of Transportation has already spent about $47 million on snow and ice removal this winter. Compare that to the $44 million spent during the entire winter of 2012 and the ten-year average of $22 million.

"We have used about 466,000 tons of salt throughout the state of Ohio since this winter season began," said ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner.

Last week's "polar vortex" alone cost about $13 million to deal with. Until that storm hit, ODOT had only spent about $34 million statewide.

Now that warmer temperatures have moved in, crews that had been working 12-hour shifts to clear roads are now using that time to patch potholes.

"Sometimes we can use essentially what is a temporary patch in order to get that hole fixed - temporarily - until we can get back out there make a more long-term fix to it," Faulkner said.

The state is also re-filling salt barns in preparation for whatever winter has in store for the rest of the season.

 

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