City officials have tallied the cost of plowing the streets of Philadelphia during the wicked winter — and the price tag is roughly three times that of a normal winter.
So far, the Philadelphia region has seen 14 snow falls this season. As a result, many counties and municipalities are having a tough time keeping rock salt stockpiled. But many local hardware stores are facing the same problem.
The state has bought 77,000 tons of salt so far and doled out over 82,000 hours of overtime pay to employees. That comes out to over $13 million spent in winter storm costs, nearly four times the amount originally budgeted.
If you violate the city’s snow-removal rule, you could get fined $50 by the city. But that could be the least of your worries.
This has been a winter many people are eager to see come to an end.
From driving snow that crippled traffic and caused accidents, to an ice storm that left more than a half million people in our region in the dark, the cost of this winter could be tallied in varied ways including serious inconveniences.
The Philadelphia Streets Department says that it is continuing its snow-fighting efforts into the afternoon.
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We’ve had one of the mildest winters in years, which is great news for area departments of transportation but hard on the snow removal business.
A lack of snow so far this winter has been good news for suburban communities, who have seen their budgets busted the last couple of winters to pay for snow removal.
Kids hoping for sledding instead of school may be disappointed by the lack of snow so far this winter. But city of Philadelphia budget crunchers are ecstatic.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it will deploy the double-lane plows on highways in Montgomery County this year, and the turnpike will use them along the entire east-west line.
After two straight winters in which snow removal costs topped $10 million, Mayor Nutter is, in his new budget, setting aside $4 million for next winter’s snow costs.
There was nary a show shovel to be found at a few of the big hardware stores along Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia on Monday, but if you want to get a jump on outdoor grills and other springtime items, they’ve got you covered.
If you’re careful and you get to snow as it piles up and before it’s frozen solid, you can help your shrubs survive the snow.