The winter weather isn’t letting up and the costs keep rising.
So far this winter, Naperville has seen at least 54 inches of snow.
Keeping that snow off the streets has cost the city over $1.4 million dollars in salt and overtime costs.
The city allotted $730,000 for salt and has surpassed that amount with the current salt costs over $800,000.
So far this winter the city has used 17,730 tons of salt.
High demand and transportation issues have caused a regional shortage of salt.
In response Naperville has altered their salting plan to include just main roads.
“We have currently on stock about 5,000 tons of salt, so we’re getting some orders in and it’s starting to come in,” says Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager for the city. “But they’ve been trickling in. In years past we would get big loads and then we would fill up again. This year we’re getting 500 tons one day and maybe 340 tons the next day.”
Snowplow drivers have been out in full force this winter working seven days a week in some instances.
Because they’re out so much this season drivers are encouraged to give plows space and pay attention to your surroundings.
“Snow is blowing, it’s dark, you can’t see. You just want to tell people give us room,” said Clint Hamblen, snowplow driver for the city. “I understand everybody’s got to be somewhere, but we want to do this safely. We don’t want anybody getting hurt and we don’t want to damage anything.”
Be sure to tune into this month’s episode of Naperville News Extra for a behind the scenes look at how the city handles winter weather situations.
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