City Snow Removal: $2 Million, So Far - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

City Snow Removal: $2 Million, So Far

SPOKANE, Wash. – The next time you get frustrated clearing snow from your driveway or sidewalk, just know it cost you less than the City of Spokane spent to clear snow from it's jurisdiction.

Taxpayers, including those who cleared snow from their own driveways and sidewalks, have spent more than $2 million on snow removal in Spokane since November.

The city estimates crews have used approximately $577,000 on de-icer since November.  $938,000 has been spent on labor and $700,000 has been spent on equipment.  Some of that money includes cost of employees and drivers who would have been employed regardless of snow.

More money was spent in December than November on snow removal.  The city points out late November snow included a full city plow when the weather eased in early December.  A large storm also hit the area in late December.

The costs include fuel for plows and graders which have driven city streets at least three times during full city plows and countless others to clear arterials and residential hillsides during snowfall.

The city is wrapping-up a final plow of the full city by clearing snow from Browne's Addition on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Drivers in the neighborhood are asked to clear their streets from north/south street on Tuesday.  Plows will clear streets which run east/west on Wednesday.

Cars left on the street when crews plow the area will be towed at the owner's expense.

Plowing will begin at approximately 9 a.m. each day.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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