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Snow removal costs in Quincy

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's been a busy winter and early spring for Quincy road crews, especially compared to last year.

On several major roads in Quincy, like on Maine Street, they take two plows at time working in a tandem to clear the snow and slush. That means the cost of supplies and overtime can add up quick.

Interim director of Central Services Marty Stegeman, says the bill for this winter has been between 250 and 300 thousand dollars. They've used 25-hunded tons of salt, a bit more than an average winter.

They had salt in their reserve from last year's dry winter but 100 tons of new salt was ordered for this winter.

"Current year is more along the average, possibly a little higher than normal. We usually go through around 15 hundred tons to two thousand tons of salt. This year we've run through about 25 hundred tons," said Stegeman.

But Stegeman says the biggest surprise for them this year was the weight of some of the snow. Which even caused some damages.

"Primarily mailboxes. When you have cast off it usually takes a mailbox down when it's really heavy. So we've had several situations where we've had mailboxes knocked off their post or posts crack...so we've had to take care of fixing those for the residents," said Stegeman.

To prevent this from happening Stegeman says snow plow drivers have had to slow down on their routes. So that the heavy snow wouldn't hammer the mailboxes as hard.

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