- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials with Des Moines Public Works say the city has saved about $1.4 million on snow removal so far this year.

Television station KCCI reports (https://bit.ly/1T5wruw ) that officials reported the savings Tuesday after the city updated snow plowing techniques last year.

Officials say the city typically gets about 33 inches of snow during the winter and this year’s snowfall has added up to 30 inches. The city also generally spends $3.2 million on plowing operations but has only spent $1.8 million this year.

The changes include the use of more plows working simultaneously to clear larger streets faster and improved organization of snow routes for residential streets.

As a result of the updated techniques plow drivers were able to use less than half the salt used in previous years.



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