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ODOT: Recent storm will cost Oklahoma as much as Christmas storm

ODOT: Recent storm will cost Oklahoma as much as Christmas storm

Tulsa World

By GAVIN OFF World Data Editor

Published: 2/1/2010 1:11 PM
Last Modified: 2/1/2010 1:11 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY
– State officials said last week's snowstorm will likely cost the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as much as the Christmas weekend storm.

ODOT spent some $4.2 million and 35,000 hours cleaning the state's highways after the December snowstorm.

Both storms spanned the state and dumped about six inches of snow on the Tulsa area. "This will be very close," said Casey Shell, ODOT's director of operations.

Shell said crews are still clearing some shoulders, hitting trouble spots and fighting areas that have refrozen.

He said the department would calculate the final cost of the snowstorm's cleanup later this week, after all 12,000 miles of state-maintained roads are clear for drivers.

The state had to treat most of those miles two or three times to prevent ice from reforming, said Terri Angier, ODOT spokeswoman.

ODOT crews began spreading salt and sand Thursday.

Gary Ridley, the state's secretary of transportation, said some crews worked 30 or 40 hours straight... FULL ARTICLE

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