News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government


Winter Sets Records for ODOT
This winter's snow and ice led to record spending for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
Download (WKSU Only)
You can say many things about this most recent winter, some maybe not repeatable on-air. But as far as the Ohio Department of Transportation is concerned, this winter is best described as “record smashing." For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports.
LISTEN: A brutal and expensive winter

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:06)


Polar vortexes, lblasting windchills and lots of snow: Essentially, it’s been a winter wonderland turned arctic nightmare for many in Ohio, especially motorists. 

ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner says he’s been tracking his department’s efforts to keep highways and bridges clear and safe since the first snow event in mid-October. Flash-forward to late March, and what do state road crews have to show for it?

“ODOT snowplows have driven more than 13 million miles of roadway in Ohio," Faulkner said. "We’ve spent more than $100 million; that’s on labor, equipment, and materials.  ... An average winter in Ohio, we might use around 630,000 tons of salt to treat our roadways. This year, we have used more than 1 million tons of salt on Ohio’s roadways. To reach that million-ton point is a record breaker for us.”

Compare that to two winters ago, when ODOT used just 370-thousand tons of salt. Faulkner says road crews have worked in all kinds of conditions, and there have been dozens of collisions with vehicles that tailed plows and salt trucks too closely. He says the crews are ready for spring.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Churches come together to welcome and include Gay Games athletes
Nicely done!!! A little known fact about the El Salvadoran and Columbian scholarships.. A big thank you to the Faith Community for their support of Gay Games 9....

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University