The early February winter storms cost the Portland Bureau of Transportation an estimated $740,000 for response and cleanup, according to figures released Wednesday.
According to the city, crews worked 24 hours a day in 12-hour shifts during the storm and the overtime for that response accounted for the majority of the additional costs, or about $560,000. Materials and repairs accounted for the remainder.
Most of the cost will be covered by the bureaus $500,000 winter storm contingency budget. Managers will strive to identify savings and efficiencies within the bureaus operational budget to cover the rest, the city says.
This winters storm brought out the worst in terms of travel and safety impacts and the best in terms of city crews response, which was to immediately turn to a 24-hour-a-day schedule to clear streets of snow and address the hazards of ice, said PBOT Executive Director of Finance and Business Operations Alissa Maher. Now our job is to work hard to create savings where possible to cover the additional storm costs.
Bureau managers will have until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2014, to identify savings to cover those additional expenses.
Although the storm is over, gravel cleanup continues. The majority of those costs are covered by the bureaus base operations budget and overtime costs have been accounted for in the estimate released today. Crews also treated city streets with deicer on the days leading up to the storm, a service that was covered under the base operating budget.