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Snow & Bitter Cold Keep Road Crews Busy

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Bitter cold temperatures and this season's snowfall continue to keep workers at the City of Lansing busy. 

"The cold weather is tough on workers and equipment," said Scott House, the interim deputy director of the City of Lansing's public service department. "Our crews work long hours and they work around the clock to keep our streets and sidewalks safe."

House calls this winter exceptional, not just because of the snow, but because of the long lasting, bitter cold. 

"The amount of snowfall is not that much more than in the past, but the cold weather brings a whole new element to this and it limits the effects of salt and it's harder on the equipment, as well," he said.

To aid traction, city workers add small amounts of sand to the salt when temperatures plummet. These conditions have already caused the City of Lansing to get ahead in its budget plan. To date, workers have already used more than 5,000 tons of salt, which House said adds up to more than $200,000. 

"We've used significantly more salt for traction, but our goal is to keep the roads safe and we're going to do what we need to to do that," House said.

With more snow coming again Friday night, workers at the City of Lansing plan to be busy throughout the weekend as they clean up after yet another snowfall.

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