Paying Snowplows By The Inch, Not The Hour02:45
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It took an army of snowplows to clear Boston's Copley Square. (Nicholas Dynan for WBUR)
It took an army of snowplows to clear Boston's Copley Square. (Nicholas Dynan for WBUR)

The East Coast is still digging out from the Great Blizzard of 2010.

Airports and railroads are slowly returning to normal, but thousands of travelers are still stranded. While main arteries have been cleared, many side roads remain blocked.

Authorities are still assessing the damage that storm caused, and it won't all be in downed power lines or flooded homes. Public officials are worried about the cost of snow removal in an era of tight budgets.

In Massachusetts, the Boston suburb of Quincy has been trying an experiment: paying snow plow drivers per inch of snow removal instead of per hour worked. We speak with Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch about how the project is going.

This segment aired on December 28, 2010.

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