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January 8, 2016
 
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1
Winter Operations Update
 
The following is an update regarding snow and ice operations on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. This report is issued periodically during the winter months and as necessary following snow and ice events.
 
This report represents a period beginning October 1 to the present:


Snow and Ice Operations Totals – Winter Season (to date)
County
Total Lane Miles Maintained
Salt Used (tons)
Deicing Liquids Used
(gallons)
Miles Driven for Snow and Ice
Total Cost (labor, equipment, material)
Allen
474
296
4,530
7,166
$21,204
Defiance
311
220
39,125
4,897
$10,965
Hancock
581
145
210
4,014
$31,336
Hardin
323
108
70
5,371
$9,532
Paulding
393
345
1,384
7,543
$12,120
Putnam
422
214
3,205
8,257
$12,136
Van Wert
375
247
11,662
5,212
$22,463
Wyandot
475
150
1,126
4,559
$10,637
Total
3,356
 
District 1 totals year to date
1,729
61,312
47,019
$130,392
District 1 totals at this same point last winter
10,775
149,922
222,593
$300,296
 
 Additional facts:
 
-District 1 has spent $75,000 less in parts and $285,000 less in fuel for snow and ice operations compared to this same point last year. This equates to a savings which would fund a bridge replacement or a paving project.
 
-To date there have been four weather events which required our crews to respond versus 12 events by this same time last year.
 
-The worst winter in recent memory in terms of cost was last winter with $8.7 million expended in District 1 for snow and ice control.
 
-Statewide ODOT has used 25,835 tons of salt to this point. This is the lowest statewide salt usage since 2006.
 
-In a typical winter, ODOT District 1 will incur $4.1 million in costs for snow and ice operations.
 
-The “Deicing Liquids Used” column reflects the current usage to date of several types of liquid deicers. This category includes salt brine as well as the following. These products are more effective at controlling icy conditions versus just straight salt or salt brine and can be more cost effective:
·       Beet Heet, a sugar beet, molasses-based product that increases rock salt’s ice melting capacity below its 15-degree limit;
·       Aqua Salina, a natural saltwater with a lower freeze point than regular brine;
·       and Boost, an organic substance that when added to calcium chloride reduces the corrosiveness of calcium chloride and improves its anti-icing and deicing capability.
 
 
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us