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Expensive winter for road crews

The Ohio Department of Transportation spent about 66 percent more on winter operations in Hancock County as compared to last year at this time.

Crews have driven 136,159 miles and used 9,902 tons of salt and 328,829 gallons of de-icer to maintain 572 miles of state and U.S. highways in Hancock County.

That cost $1,225,178, up from last winter’s total of $735,929. By this point in 2017, ODOT had used 5,805 tons of salt and 212,990 gallons of de-icer while driving 77,804 miles.

Totals for surrounding counties in ODOT’s District 1 are as follows. Numbers from this time last year are noted in parenthesis:

  • Allen County: 12,062 tons of salt (6,781); 80,374 gallons of de-icer (128,107); 109,545 miles driven (60,373).

    Total cost to maintain 474 miles of roads: $1,244,245 ($869,327).

  • Hardin County: 6,225 tons of salt (2,995); 26,350 gallons of de-icer (28,775); 88,003 miles driven (41,777).

    Total cost to maintain 309 miles of roads: $856,879 ($485,006).

  • Putnam County: 6,516 tons of salt (3,661); 58,183 gallons of de-icer (64,524); 100,197 miles driven (60,469).

    Total cost to maintain 396 miles of roads: $860,362 ($524,875).

  • Wyandot County: 6,329 tons of salt (4,679); 117,447 gallons of de-icer (92,559); 126,120 miles driven (58,580).

    Total cost to maintain 489 miles of roads: $1,002,024 ($612,902).

District-wide, ODOT has used 62,036 tons of salt (34,984) and 1,218,992 gallons of de-icer (801,965). Crews have driven 835,406 miles (453,091) to maintain highways in Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.

The total cost to District 1 is $7,946,443, up about 65 percent from $4,803,810 spent at this point in 2017.

Figures for Henry, Wood and Seneca counties, which are located in ODOT’s District 2, were not available.



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