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This Winter is Iowa City's Second Most Expensive

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Countless snow events blanketed Eastern Iowa for months calling off several days of school and giving road crews just about all they could handle.

Now that the season's snow is, hopefully, winding down for a while, some are taking stock of all the money that went into clearing a path for corridor commuters.

Iowa City saw 44 inches of snow and ice this winter. That number translates into the second highest cost ever for the city to manage the snow.

When in need of bicycle snow gear, World of Bikes in Iowa City is a good option.

"We did quite a few studded tires this winter. We have some stud bress winter tires that definitely help as well, said Eddie Parks, Manager at World of Bikes, but not as many people were inclined to go biking this past frigid winter season.

"Weather definitely kinda dictates our business here. We would attribute that hopefully to the colder weather colder temperatures, he said.

While the cold and snow kept some cyclists in, it had Iowa City road crews out in full force, sprinkling almost seven thousand tons of sand and rock salt on the roadways.

"The unusual part about this year was not the amount of snow fall that we got but how it fell. We had so many small events and those are more expensive, said Rick, Fosse, Iowa City Public Works Director.

That's mostly because of the miles covered.
 
It takes crews many more miles to deal with four one inch snow events than it does to deal with just one day of a four inch snow fall. Still this winter wasn't the worst of all winters.

"Our highest year was the '08 '09 winter where we spent 695-thousand dollars. An average year for us is about 540-thousand, Fosse said.

As for this past season's snow control price tag, "this year we spent $652,000 so far, said Foss.

That's 112 thousand dollars more than an average winter.

It's why city crews are glad snowy days are almost behind us. Folks at world of bikes feel the same way.

"We're seeing a lot more foot traffic. A lot of people are starting to get excited about riding, Parks said.

Even though the city spent more than average this winter, Rick Fosse says they didn't need to go into their reserves.
 
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