The snow in Montreal may finally be gone but the impact it had on the city’s budget is not.
The City of Montreal spent $10 million more than originally planned on snow-clearing for 2018, in reports that were made public today.
City officials blame this past winter’s extra costs on consistent snowfall that started in early November and lingered until the beginning of April.
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According to the report, Montreal city workers cleared 67% of the snow that fell this winter, compared to the city’s average rate of 60%.
A typical winter, on average, will see 12 million cubic metres of snow are transported to snow dump sites but this past winter, 14 million cubic metres were transported.
The report indicated that 2018’s costs were higher than expected because of the $5 million elevated cost of gas and equipment maintenance and a $5 million increase in the frequency of spreading abrasives.
Montreal completed six complete snow-loading and unloading operations this past winter and one partial-load operation.
In total, snow-removal operations cost $192 million in 2018, compared to $182 million in 2017.
The City of Montreal approved an extra $6.2 million in spending on snow clearing operations for the remainder of the 2018-19 winter season.