Winter costing St. Louis County millions

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The numbers are starting add up for the cost of this year`s winter.  St. Louis County estimates snow plowing and road treating efforts have totaled more than $3 million so far.

Here`s the breakdown from the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic and Public Works department.

Winter Cost in St. Louis County
Salt: $1,900,000
Labor: $975,000
Calcium Chloride: $325,000
Fuel:  $75,000

Spokesman David Wrone said the County has the money to handle the costs even though this winter is three time more expensive than some year`s past.

‘We`ve had relatively mild, moderate winters where we`ve spent less than a million dollars for an entire winter season,’ said Wrone.

A St. Charles City spokeswoman said the timing of this year`s winter`s storm have also been tough.  Many of the storms required crews coming in on weekends.  The City`s Streets Department budgets $90,000 a year for overtime.   $45,000 has already been spent this year.

St. Charles is mixing salt with sand until its next shipment arrives.  Some southern states have tried to sell the city salt but the price has been twice the normal rate.