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Milder Winter Saved Springfield Money on Snow Removal

Eelco Cramer

This past winter was less expensive for the City of Springfield than the one before.  Springfield Public Works says the city spent $350,000 less than the previous winter for snow and ice removal.

The total cost for clearance of streets, including labor, equipment, vehicle and materials was $650,000, according to superintendent of streets, Ron Bailey.  That compares to $1 million spent the winter before last.

According to the city, Public Works spread 3,191 tons of road salt last winter and plowed or salted 34,590 lane miles compared.  The winter before the department spread 4,501 tons of salt on 53,516 lane miles.

Snow removal staff put in 6,194 man hours for winter weather events last winter compared with 10,601 man hours the winter before.  Snow-related overtime last winter was $118,000, and the winter before it was $205,000.

Data from Springfield’s Public Works  Department show the city received 15.8 inches of snow during the 2014-2015 winter season.  The season ranked as the 66th snowiest since records began in 1888.

The city received ten days of measurable snowfall (at least .1 inch), which is slightly below the 1981-2010 average of 12 days.

The 2014-2015 season’s snowfall was just above the 10-year average of 13.5 inches, but was less than half the total snowfall from the 2013-2014 season. Last season saw a total of 32.2 inches.