County roadways expensive to keep clear this winter

It has taken about 400 tons more of salt and thousands of dollars more in overtime to keep Hancock County’s roadways clear of snow and ice this winter, when compared to last year.

County Engineer Christopher Long said about 1,900 tons of salt was left over from last year, and his office ordered another 1,000 tons of salt this winter. The county paid $41,800 for the additional salt.

County plow truck drivers have been paid a total of 3,720 overtime hours so far this winter, at a cost of $94,300.

Last winter, drivers were paid 585 overtime hours at a cost of $19,600.


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