OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — People in West Michigan know that winter storms mean the roads get covered by snow and ice. For many communities, it's the county road commission that's responsible for clearing the pavement.
According to the Ottawa County Road Commission, running the plows and putting down salt cost near $2.7 million dollars in 2019.
In the annual report, the department revealed it spent $2,697,598 on winter maintenance costs. That's just under the $2,700,00 budgeted for the year.
The Road Commission says plowing is the most unpredictable part of it's responsibilities. One year can be mild, and the next can be harsh.
Some bad news for this winter: the cost of a ton of salt jumped 15 percent from last winter, going from $62.84 per ton to $72.27 for 2019/2020.
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