EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s Public Works Department is already $30,000 over its budget for snow removal costs this year.
The department has spent over $90,000 on labor, supplies, and equipment.
Crews were out in full force Tuesday, making the most of the slightly warmer temperatures that turned some of the snow into slush for the first time since the storm hit.
But with more low temperatures in the forecast, crews are concerned about what the morning will bring.
“The city of Eugene has had 7 to 8 inches fall in past years, so we’ve been able to handle it, the difference this year is that we’ve had low freezing temperatures so the ground was already cold once the snow hit,” said planning supervisor Jackie Hallett.
The $90,000 spent so far includes the cost of 625 cubic yards of sand, 3,100 gallons of de-icer, and more than 1,200 hours for employees.