The “Hidden” Costs of Snowmageddon

March 23, 2010

“Snowmageddon” is no more. 

Broken road sign

Copyright 2010 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Following the record-setting snows of February, March has provided a rise in temperatures leading to the fading of the great white mass.  Multiple inches of rain quickened that process.  As the snow disappeared, the damage it had covered became readily visible.  

I commute one-hundred miles ’round trip to work each day over a now very familiar route.  Between my house and workplace, I’ve counted at least seven downed street lights, a couple of broken road signs, and more than a few tattered markers.  

Broken Street Light

Copyright 2010 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Some of the street lights were evidently on the ground before the snow, while others were apparently knocked down during the storms.  It is my understanding that replacement of these lights runs between $400 (for the base only) and $2000 (if the entire base, pole, and light apparatus cannot be salvaged.)  Multiplied over an entire state, fixing the lights, signs, and markers could be quite an expense.  The repair of potholes and equipment damage must be added to that.  And this, of course, is on top of  the high cost of the snow removal during and in the immediate aftermath of the storms. 

Take care.


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