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Road Crews Put a Price Tag on Winter Snow Removal

Transportation crews are putting a price tag on winter with one agency calling it the most expensive in more than five years.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Transportation crews are putting a price tag on winter with one agency calling it the most expensive in more than five years.

All the snow removal this year cost the Kansas Department of Transportation about $22 million. That's close the $23.7 million spent in 2008.

Crews in Missouri spent a lot of time and money clearing roads as well. They're still working to add it all up, but say the region was hit hard by the rough weather.

"We have about a five-year average of about $42 million, and this year, we don't have all the numbers in year, but it's got to be about at least $62 million for us to do that. So, it's been a costly winter," said Tony McGaughy, MoDOT district engineer.

The costs include thousands of labor hours as well as supplies like salt, sand, brine and other materials.
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