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Winter has hefty price tag for ODOT, Toledo

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It has been a season of extremes.  This record-breaker could break the bank.

Homeowners know all too well there are many costs to this brutal winter: higher heating bills, frozen pipes, and car repairs.

Now ODOT is putting a hefty price tag on the clean-up.

As the snow piles up, so have the costs.

This has been an expensive fight for everyone. It's a fight that almost everyone is happy to see come to an end soon.

Friday's dose of Vitamin D and 50 degrees is a balmy break from the smothering, record-breaking succession of winter storms.

"I'm just so ready for it to be over," says Roxanne Jones as she washes her car. "I've had enough."

"No more snow!" says Amileah Hemsoth of Toledo. "We need some sunshine in our lives, please!"

The cost of winter is busting budgets.

ODOT says road treatment and clean-up this season has cost $9 million in materials and labor in Northwest Ohio's eight counties.  That's three million dollars more than the average cost.

"Obviously, you can see this has been an unprecedented winter," says ODOT spokesperson Theresa Pollick. "Spring can't get here soon enough."

The City of Toledo is still crunching the numbers for the total cost of winter.  Dave Welch, the Director of the Division of Streets, Bridges, and Harbor, says he's over budget on wages and hurting on salt alone.  A normal winter costs the city $5 million.  Welch says he will have his winter cost total by Monday for his presentation to Toledo City Council at a budget hearing.

Over the state line in Michigan, the snow pack is still covering many country roads.

As you drive where the snow and ice have melted have melted, you can see and feel how this brutal winter has caused major road damage.

A stretch of Samaria Road off of Secor is plagued with potholes and soon getting fixed.

"I'm going 12 miles per hour and the road is going to eat my car," says Amileah Hemsoth.  "It's been pretty bad for the last couple years, but this is horrible."

Back in Toledo, drivers are lined up at Russ' Auto Wash on Secor off of Central trying to get all of that salt off.

"Today feels good, but I like the snow also," says Joe Everage, a private plow driver.

After going through the car wash, Everage puts the plow back on his shiny truck saying he's made a lot of money clearing driveways and parking lots.

"This has been the best year, best year in a long time," says Everage.

"I'm off from work, washing my car, getting it together. It's a taste of spring and it's really good," says Roxanne Jones.  Christine asks Roxanne, "You know we may get more snow Sunday into Monday?"  Roxanne says, "I refuse to believe that."

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