It's been an expensive winter for the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
 
From November to February the city has spent around $405,000 for road cleaning. Approximately $240,000 has been spent since the start of January.
 
"This year we've actually had somewhat of a winter. Last year we had a very mild go," said Brian Rogers, the manager of roads and utility services for the city. "We only had to plow the streets just before spring to help with spring runoff."
 
As of Feb. 8, the city has finished 84 per cent of residential snow clearing. They're expected to be finished on Monday (Feb.12) and then they start on back alleys.
 
"The totals include the hours of the personnel to clean the streets and some contract costs, as well as the materials for sand and rock chips," said Rogers.
 
After snow storms and during cold spells the city uses rock chips to help with traction.
 
Fort Saskatchewan has two graders, four plows and trucks, one loader and two skid-steers for use in snow removal.
 
The city's total 2018 budget for the removal is $760,000.

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