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ODOT winter storm costs top $1 million

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After putting in nine days straight of 12 hour shifts, ODOT driver Gary Sears is ready for some down time.  The massive storm meant all hands on deck for hundreds of ODOT workers.

"We're hoping to get a break this weekend," says Sears. "It looks like with the warmer weather we'll be able to go home to our families. I think I've spent more times with my hands around the wheel than my hands around my wife."

Between January 5 and 9, they traveled more than 125,000 miles within the six counties of Northwest Ohio. They cleared snow, salted roads, and did all they could to keep drivers safe.

"It's been a tremendous snowfall over the last month and a half or so," Sears tells 13abc. "We've been working our equipment quite hard and the employees have been working hard also."

ODOT officials estimate the combined costs of labor and materials for the winter storm will be about $1.17 million.  Crews used almost 7,500 tons of salt, and worked more than 10,700 hours.

Now that roads are almost clear, the next obstacle is repairs.  Workers will be out trying to fix the multiple potholes left behind by the weather.

With Mother Nature backing off, Sears says it's time to go back home

"It's time just to have a little fun with the family this weekend," he says with a smile.

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