Snow cleanup brings blizzard of expenses

Tab runs millions for state; city, county spend $375,000

Crews from the Jefferson City Streets Department have been busy this week repairing damage caused by snow-removal equipment hitting street curbs during the recent blizzard. Here, from left, Dennis Kremer, Eric Dulle, Rick Kay and Johnny Braun remove a concrete form after the concrete set up. Curbing at several city and state intersections was damaged and in need of repair.

Crews from the Jefferson City Streets Department have been busy this week repairing damage caused by snow-removal equipment hitting street curbs during the recent blizzard. Here, from left, Dennis Kremer, Eric Dulle, Rick Kay and Johnny Braun remove a concrete form after the concrete set up. Curbing at several city and state intersections was damaged and in need of repair. Photo by Julie Smith.

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The numbers are still rough, but the Missouri Department of Transportation says the cost to clean up after the state’s historic snowstorm three weeks ago is estimated at $7.7 million.

That figure includes labor, equipment and materials.

Cole County spent about $270,000, while Jefferson City’s cost, just for chemicals and overtime, was about $105,000.

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Longtime Jefferson Bank employee Don Ittner uses a motorized rotary brush to clean loose gravel and debris that accumulated on the bank’s parking lot and drive during the blizzard.

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