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Cost of Clearing Roads
CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- The fourth snowiest January in Cincinnati is now in the record books, and with more ice and snow on the way it's weighing heavy on those who work to clear your roads.
Since last fall, ODOT has spent more than 80 million dollars clearing snow and ice from main roads in the Buckeye State. Compare that to the total from last winter through this date and the average is up to just under 37 million dollars.
When we look at it from a statewide basis, when we see what is going on through the state we've been handed a tough winter. ODOT crews, like most in Ohio, have been weathering the winter for months. A snowier than average December and January means that ODOT is closely monitoring its salt supply.
"So up to this point since October 1st, we've used almost 800,000 tons of salt. That's a lot of salt."
We are at the point where we are reassessing every week where we are with our salt. ODOT isn't just focused on the salt supply because clearing snow and ice from the roads comes at a cost. This is one of the biggest winters we've had and we're still cautiously optimistic that we're going to get through it without having to take any extreme measures.
ODOT is a 2.8 billion dollar entity each year, so locating 20 to 30 million dollars extra in snow and ice removal isn't too difficult. But it certainly could take away from other things. But we'll also do what we need to do to keep Ohio motorists safe.
While they continue planning for more winter weather, ODOT is hopeful for brighter, warmer days.
"I think we're hoping, as well as many others, that the snow can let up a bit in February. But we're both realistic too to know that Mother Nature may have a different plan. And we're going to keep up with that plan as best as possible."