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(WLNS) - Michigan Department of Transportation officials say the bitter winter weather is taking a toll on road commission budgets. The long-lasting weather could sacrifice summer work.
It's blowing big holes in the winter budget, that's for sure. Last year at this point we'd spent maybe $2.7 million of salt across the state. This year we're almost at $6 million and that's actually a conservative estimate because a couple counties aren't in yet and that's just through December, we don't even have January figures yet," said Jeff Cranson, MDOT.
"If this winter continues it's definitely going to take a toll. We're talking about some summer maintenance that will have to be curtailed, things like litter pick up and some mowing. We'll do things for safety, of course it's the top priority, but some of the things we normally do for aesthetics we won't be able to do because there's only so much money and this points out that this stuff costs real money," said Cranson.
MDOT crews are currently out on the roads working and will be out until the roads are clear.