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Thu December 30, 2010
Estimated cost of winter storm: $2.2 mil.
By ELISABETH HARRISON and MEGAN HALL
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The storm that dumped as much as 2 feet of snow in some parts of New England is costing Rhode Island $2.2 million.
That's according to data from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation which says it spent more than a million dollars on salt alone.
Joseph Baker with DOT says those costs are comparable with past storms of the same size. "They were all in that two and a half million dollar range for those other storms," he says. "So we were right in there, right in the ball park of where we thought we should be."
Baker says the state used more than 300 private vendors to plow and salt the streets in addition to about a hundred state trucks. Labor costs totaled over a million dollars.
Government employees received overtime pay until Tuesday because the storm started on the holiday weekend.
The cost break down
Salt - 15,312 tons at $70.35 a ton = $1,077,199.20
Sand - 7,000.5 tons at $13.83 a ton = $96,816.92
Vendors - $830,728.60
State Personnel - $208,539
Total materials= $1,174,016.12
Total labor= $1,039,267.60
Total cost = $2,213,283.72
Source- RI DOT
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