Ice storm road work cost county $89,500; 18 crews picking up debris six days a week

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The two-day ice storm that began Jan. 14 cost Howard County $89,500 to clean up, according to county highway chief Andrew Daneker, who said that is about a third more than a snowstorm without ice would have cost.

The rain-ice combination required at least four saltings of roads, requiring 2,000 tons of salt and 880 tons of cinders on more than 900 miles of local roads. Salt costs $30 a ton.

County highway crews have completed collection of broken tree limbs and debris in western Howard, and continue working in the Columbia and Ellicott City areas, Daneker said. Eighteen crews, including a dozen private contractors and 75 county workers, are working 10 hours a day, six days a week to clear debris and shred tree limbs into mulch.

County Executive James N. Robey said the county wants to help residents clean up, but said the job is taking longer than expected because some people have pruned trees and bushes, adding to the task.

Residents may bring debris to the Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Wood chips are available free while supplies last.

In Columbia, residents may pick up free firewood -- tree limbs that have been cut up -- on Columbia Association grounds.

Pub Date: 2/05/99

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