An ODOT truck brines an exit ramp with a saltwater mixture to prevent icy conditions in this 2010 file photo. Figures released recently shows ODOT spent over $1 million clearing snow from highways in Van Wert County this winter. (TB File Photo)
An ODOT truck brines an exit ramp with a saltwater mixture to prevent icy conditions in this 2010 file photo. Figures released recently shows ODOT spent over $1 million clearing snow from highways in Van Wert County this winter. (TB File Photo)

VAN WERT — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spent well over $1 million keeping highways in Van Wert Country clear of snow and ice this winter.

Statistics from ODOT’s District 1 show that the state agency show $1,055 million spent in labor, equipment, and materials to make the 370 miles of roadways safer. Throughout the sight counties in this district, more than $8.7 million went into labor, equipment, and materials for snow and ice removal over the 3,277 miles of highway.

Operations this winter for ODOT in this part of the state were understandably higher than last winter. At this point in the season last year, 43,431 tons of salt had been used. That is compared to this winter’s 62,342 tons, nearly 7,700 of those tons in Van Wert County alone. The district’s total cost of over $8.7 million dwarfs the total of the worst winter in recent memory in terms of cost: 2010-11 when ODOT spent $5.58 million for snow and ice control costs. Over the past 10 years, the average cost per winter to fight snow and ice is $4.1 million.

Van Wert County has the sixth-highest number of miles maintained by ODOT in the district, however the fourth-highest amount of salt was used in this county and the highest amount of salt brine (115,185.5 gallons) were used.



ODOT trucks drove a total of 160,605.5 miles in the county plowing and treating roads.

Just in case, ODOT still has nearly 5,800 tons of salt still available for District 1 roadways. ODOT Public Information Officer noted that the latest recorded snowfall in Cleveland occurred on May 10 in both 1902 and 1907, so the winter road season is not officially over.

The state agency has also spent nearly $14,000 to patch potholes in the county using 805 labor hours thus far this winter. Overall in the district, ODOT has used 196 tons of material for a total of $166,611. That figure is higher than the average for the past five years ($108,734), but the 5,396 labor hours is less than the average of 6,035 over the same period.