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March 4, 2015
 
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 in October 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
6,535
81,409
105,785
$1,084,613
Defiance
311
5,290
81,503
116,992
$805,887
Hancock
581
8,950
221,787
177,753
$1,351,537
Hardin
323
3,957
34,441
117,003
$688,737
Paulding
393
6,048
144,294
97,801
$828,074
Putnam
422
5,956
75,627
134,524                
$973,561 
Van Wert
375
5,142
102,804
109,107
$831,818
Wyandot
475
5,902
218,124
153,273
$970,737
Total
3,356
 
District 1 totals year to date
47,780
959,989
1,012,237
$7,534,964
 
 
 
Additional facts:
 
-Total amount of salt on hand throughout the eight-county region of ODOT District 1 is currently 15,000 tons.
 
-At this same point in the season last year 58,611 tons of salt had been used and $7.8 million had been spent on snow and ice control in District 1.
 
-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.
-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.
 
- Excluding last year, the average cost per year over the last 10 years for snow and ice control operations is $4.1 million.
 
 
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us