Salt trucks will hit parts of Central Indiana Tuesday night in anticipation of a light snowfall during the overnight hours, but so far the area has been lucky in avoiding big winter storms like those from last year.
"This year has been like Heaven," said Bradley Davis, Director of the Hamilton County Highway Department.
Less snow means less overtime hours, fuel, salt and costs.
In Indianapolis, the Department of Public Works spent $2,846,588.33 on snow removal from November 2011 to date. That is nowhere close the $8,994,849.28 the department spent from November 2010 to this time last year.
Hamilton County has also saved $40,000 in overtime and much more in salt.
"Close to $200,000 worth of salt that we've not had to buy this year because of the good weather," said Davis.
Whatever isn't used now will be saved for next year as long as the weather continues to cooperate.
Plows, salt trucks see less action this winter compared to last
A typical winter dumps about 18.5 inches of snow on Central Indiana. Last winter, the area got 37.4 inches. This year to date has totaled only 6.9 inches.
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