Winter storms add up in costs for MoDOT, IDOT crews

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Making roads safe and clear before, during and after a winter storm can cost a pretty penny for road crews.

According to figures obtained by NewsChannel 5, winter storms can add up into the millions for manpower, gas, labor, equipment and more for the Missouri Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation.

According to MoDOT, the department spent $4.25 million for clearing roads, and the average cost per season is $4.5 million.

A spokesperson broke it down further that a 12-hour shift costs approximately $500 per minute for fuel, supplies and equipment and to pay crews.

For IDOT, each storm can range between $750,000 and $1 million for a 24-hour period, which includes gas, labor, equipment and materials for 11 counties of southwestern Illinois.

The most recent storm added up in manpower as well as workers received holiday pay for working New Year's Day as crews pre-treated and prepared for the storm.


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