Snow Removal Costs Adding Up

Snow Removal Costs Adding Up

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The cost of removing all this snow in Utah is starting to add up.

So far, the Utah Department of Transportation has cleared more than eight-point-three (m) million tons of snow from more than 16-thousand lane miles on Utah highways.

Crews have distributed more than 32-thousand tons of salt and more than 25-thousand tons of grit on the highways. 537 snowplows were used, and more than 600 UDOT employees worked about 38-thousand hours combined.

The total cost of removing the snow over the past five days is already up to three-point-six (m) million dollars.

Storms that began rolling in Friday have cut power to thousands of Utah residents, and made for treacherous highways and roadways. And it's not over. More snow is in the forecast for this week.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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