Taxpayers foot bill for slideoff damages

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The snow and ice have caused a lot of accidents throughout the Miami Valley, knocking down traffic signs and damaging guard rails.

A 2 NEWS crew drove along U.S. Highway 35 Tuesday in Greene and Montgomery counties.  They found upside down signs and dented guardrails.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation tells 2 NEWS that crews are slowly making repairs as the winter weather allows.

But, they have been extremely busy salting and plowing the roads.

The snow and ice also makes it more difficult to replace signs and fix guardrails.

So, ODOT is doing what it can for the time being, but will have to wait until it warms up to make repairs.

The spokesperson tells 2 NEWS that if a driver has an accident with state property and files a report, their insurance company pays for repairs.

However, if they just drive off, the taxpayers must foot the bill.

Right now, the spokesperson tells 2 NEWS  it is too early to figure out an exact dollar amount for the cost of repairs because most of them still have to be done.

As soon as those numbers are available, we will give them to you.

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