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Winter cleanup cost state more than $150 million

A white surrender flag was spotted outside a home in Norwell last February.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
A white surrender flag was spotted outside a home in Norwell last February.

After temperatures vaulted above 80 degrees in Boston Monday, there is little trace left of the region’s historic snows. But one thing has been left behind: a bill of more than $153 million for the state Department of Transportation’s cleanup efforts.

As of March 21, the transportation department had spent $153.7 million on winter operations, the agency said. The majority of that money was spent to hire personnel and obtain equipment to battle the 31 storms that hit the state this season.

Two of the storms were among the 10 worst on record, the department said.

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Boston received a total of 110.6 inches of snow, making it the snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service. The Worcester area had its third snowiest winter, with 119.7 inches.

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Department of Transportation employees spent 700,000 hours plowing and removing 17.5 billion cubic feet of snow, the agency said.

The department also assisted 29 cities and towns across the state with snow and ice removal. The amount of money spent by cities and towns was not included in the state figures.

Aneri Pattani can be reached at aneri.pattani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @apattani95.