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Latest winter storm a tricky fight for road crews

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A lot of roads around the region still have icy stretches. Thursday's sunshine certainly helped melt some of the spots and crews were able to get salt down but the mercury is dropping again tonight.

Dorr Street is one of the local roads that is pretty clear but there are a lot of ice covered roads out there and there's a good reason for that. The storm threw a lot of different conditions at crews in a short time frame. What started as rain, switched to a lot of snow in a short time frame along with high winds and heavy drifting.all those elements made for a tricky fight. Because the storm started with rain they couldn't pre-treat the roads and in the middle of the snow and high winds crews could only plow.

Theresa Pollick is a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, "We had to wait for the wind to die down and the drifting to stop. By the time we could treat the roads, after the sun had been out for a bit, we got the sub zero temperatures and everything re-froze."

Once ODOT crews were able to start treating the roads, they used a scientific mixture,"We're treating with a mix of calcium chloride and beet derivative mixed with salt and sand and we are continuing to treat the roads and we are getting a little help as this March sunshine heats up the pavement. Despite the fact that we had over 100 crews out salting and treating there was not much they could do because it was so cold."

Dave Welch heads up the City of Toledo's division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor,"We had running water on a lot of streets because of the salt we were finally able to put down and the warmer temperatures but it will be cold again tonight, so we'll be back out salting especially the bridges."

Welch says Toledo will have what are known as complaint trucks on the road tonight, "If somebody calls to say we've got ice on the street or we missed some of the snow we'll send a truck back out to plow or salt."

This has been an expensive fight for everyone. Pollick says this winter has cost ODOT several million more than last year, "We've spent about $9 million in materials and labor. In an average year the cost is about $6 million, so it's been an unprecedented winter. Spring can't get here soon enough!"

After Thursday night crews will get a bit of a break from plowing as we hit top the 40 degree mark on Friday which means a lot of crews will switch back to pot hole repair work .

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