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ODOT workers face more arctic road conditions

(Toledo News Now) -

Yet another arctic blast has arrived in northwest Ohio, and it won't be leaving until next week.

And it's not going to make driving any easier. The immediate problem will be blowing and drifting snow on rural roadways. Conditions are expected to worsen as the snow moves in.

All road crews can do is scrape the ice and slush off roadways. Forget about laying down any salt - sub-zero temperatures makes that an exercise in futility.

"We could be dealing with a situation where drivers must be cautious because knowing  we cannot use materials, there's not a lot we'll be able to do with the exception of plowing," said Theresa Pollick of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

There will be 100 plow drivers out covering ODOT's eight counties in northwest Ohio. They'll be working 12-hour shifts until further notice.

It's turning into a costly year for ODOT operations in northwest Ohio. So far, $55 million has been spent on labor and materials.

"This is slightly above what we'd go through in a normal 10-year average period," Pollick said. "We're on track to have one of the most significant ice and snow years in recent history."

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