Ocean County officials estimated the preliminary cost of cleaning up from last week’s winter storm totaled more than $725,000.
This is the price tag of salting, plowing and associated cleanup costs for Ocean County’s nearly 630 miles of roads and county government facilities as of Jan. 10, said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, who serves as the liaison to the Ocean County Road Department.
“This was a (storm) that dropped almost 19 inches of snow on some areas of the county. The snow, combined with the high winds and frigid temperatures, made it difficult to clean up. But our road crews and county staff got the job done,” Little said in a statement.
Little noted the greatest share of cost estimates — $675,000 — was in the Road Department. The total includes more than $337,000 for materials, $191,000 for overtime and $35,000 for subcontractors.
Prior to the storm, the county had 25,000 tons of salt and 10,000 gallons of liquid calcium. More than 3,700 tons of salt was used during the storm, along with 4,150 gallons of liquid calcium.
“We have the largest county road network in the state with more than 1,600 county lane miles. This was a big job to get those roads cleared and safe for motorists,” Little said.
A key county department in storm cleanups is the Department of Vehicle Services, Little said.
“That department provided almost 15,000 gallons of fuel to keep county vehicles on the roads during the cleanup,” said Little, who also is liaison to vehicle services. “They had 53 employees working throughout the storm. It is essential our vehicles, especially trucks that hold the plows, are properly maintained in order to clear our roads.”
The cost of overtime for the department was $11,700.
During a major snowstorm, Ocean County has about 200 pieces of equipment on county roads, in addition to private contractors who are called in to help with salting and plowing.