Nevada County snow removal costs rise $70K over season |

Nevada County snow removal costs rise $70K over season

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. and#8212; Nevada County’s snow removal costs rose about $70,000 this year, owing to a quartet of heavy snow dumps on the western end between November and late March.

Department of Public Works Officials project about $830,000 in snow-removal related costs this winter, up from $760,000 last year, said Director Doug Farrell.

and#8220;One reason is increased snow removal, and another is rising gas prices,and#8221; Farrell said. A number of storms dropped multiple inches of snow below 3,000 feet over the winter. and#8220;In Nevada County, snow removal is more than just snow removal. Cascade Shores is a great example, as there were a few times this winter we had to cut our way in to Cascade Shores because there were so many trees down on the road.and#8221;

One storm in late February dropped more than a foot of snow in some parts of western Nevada County and#8212; and multiple feet in the Truckee area, where the county contracts out its snow-removal responsibilities and#8212; cost taxpayers about $55,000. It took about 30 roads workers and eight mechanics 1,350 hours of labor over the three-day storm to clean up.

The department will have to dip into its $2 million emergency reserve fund to cover the extra cost, as it budgeted for $760,000 this year, Farrell added.

Repairs to area roads are expected to continue into the spring. Winter storms tend to create more potholes, as moisture gathers under the roadway and causes it to give, Farrell added.

A trio of mudslides caused by wet ground is still affecting traffic on three Nevada County roads this week, officials said.

Drivers are being detoured along a dirt road off of Allison Ranch Road after a mudslide closed a 100 foot section of the roadway about a mile south of Grass Valley. Augustine Road has been reduced to a single lane due to a mudslide, and Fay Road is closed near its intersection with Clover Valley Road due to a mudslide that piled about 6 feet of earth atop the roadway, according to Public Works officials.

Local traffic should access Fay Road from the north via Rainbow Road, according to a press release from Nevada County. The closures are expected to remain in place for at least several months. Motorists are asked to proceed carefully through these areas.

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