The Snow Warriors have been piling up the frozen stuff high, racking up plenty overtime in the process.

The Snow Warriors have been piling up the frozen stuff high, racking up plenty overtime in the process.

The city of Columbus has spent an estimated $90,000 in overtime pay for employees involved with clearing up to 33 inches of snow from the roads, as of March 6.

Columbus has upped its snow-removal efforts this year, creating a website -- warriorwatch.columbus.gov -- that shows which streets have been plowed and sending out up-to-the-minute email blasts to inform commuters about clearing efforts, said Melanie Crabill of Columbus Department of Public Service.

"I think we're getting the word out," she said. "We're not going to reach everybody."

In addition, the city has 86 snow-clearing vehicles at its disposal -- an increase of 17 trucks over last year, Crabill said. That number includes new or replacement vehicles, she said.

"We're never going to make everybody happy, but we're getting to the side streets sooner," she said.

Even so, people park on the street and vehicles tamp snow on the roadways, which make it difficult to get down to bare pavement, Crabill said.

"Our goal is to make it passable," she said. "We want you to be able to get in and out of your neighborhood. We want safety vehicles to get in and out of your neighborhood."

The city also has trained more employees in snow removal, including 168 refuse workers, and 116 have done live runs, Crabill said.

Columbus is responsible for 6,387 lane miles of roadway, more than Cleveland and Cincinnati combined, Crabill said. Priority I routes, which are treated first, include state Routes 315 and 104 and U.S. Route 33. Collector routes are next, followed by residential streets, she said.

Crabill said the overtime was expected.

The city's salt reserves are in good shape, with 13,500 tons on-hand. City crews have used 25,000 tons to date. The city used 27,500 tons by this time last year.

"This winter, while extremely cold, wasn't as snowy as last year," Crabill said, adding that there were 52 inches of snow in 2014. The average is 31 inches.

"This year we're about on par with the snow amount," she said. "It's just been colder."

She said the strengthened commitment was not based on complaints.

"Basically we are always trying to improve," she said. "The goal is to right-size the fleet with what we need."