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County Spends $700,000 This Year for Snow Treatment

Officials say that amounts to 11 tons of salt, and it's more than the past two winters combined.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Office of Highway Operations has spent more than $700,000 on salt and other road-treating materials for just this winter alone.

Officials say that amounts to 11 tons of salt, and it's more than the past two winters combined.

"We haven't had a major winter like this since 2010 when we had the big blizzard, but this year is turning out to be a nasty winter for us using all the material and constant travel on the roads to treat them," said Bill Routzahn, superintendent of the Frederick County Office of Highway Operations.

Routzahn says salt supplies have been reordered three times already this winter.

"So far this year, Frederick County has been walloped with a lot of nuisance storms, a lot of small ice events, small snowstorms, but the temperature has been so low this year," Routzahn said. "It's caused us to use a lot of material."

Managers say the snow plows are constantly being repaired due to one snowstorm after another.

"Our equipment is getting older but also running the salt constantly, it causes them to corrode a little bit more," Routzahn said. "We're constantly doing repairs on the vehicles to keep them up and running."

Those with highway operations say they plan to place another order for salt when this snowstorm is over.


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