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Gillette snow-removal costs exceed $315K this season, over 1 million pounds of ice-slice applied

The city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and applied over a million pounds of ice slice to its roadways over 12 snow events reported so far this season.

A city snowplow clears the roadway at the intersection of Burma Avenue and Highway 14-16 on Dec. 14 (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. – With at least a dozen snow events recorded so far this season, city-wide snow removal costs have climbed to over $315,000, according to the City of Gillette. 

Since October 2022, there have been 12 reported snow events. During the most recent event reported on March 5, the city spent just over $6,667, pushing the total snow removal costs for the season to $315,057, per city snow data. 

So far this season, the city has recorded 79 inches of snow accumulation. Its snow crews have spent 388 hours plowing 39,000 miles and applying approximately 1.1 million pounds of ice slicer to city-owned roadways, city snow data says. 

The most significant event this season was reported in mid-December when $81,355 and 89 hours were spent plowing nearly 11,000 miles and applying approximately 96,000 pounds of ice slice, according to the city. 

This season has outpaced a similar period last year, where, between October 2021 and March 2022,  the city reported only 34 inches of snow accumulation. During that season, the city spent approximately $187,000 for city crews to apply 776,000 pounds of ice slice and plow just over 19,000 miles of city roadways.