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Winter Costs Have Already Hit $40 Million More Than Budgeted

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(WLNS) - This weather is not just causing snow to pile-up this winter, it's costing the state roughly $120 million.

That's $40 million more than they budgeted.

"This has definitley been a winter for the record books for us," said Kari Arend, MDOT Spokesperson.

Arend says it's been just as tough for the state cleaning up what mothe nature leaves behind

"We are seeing an increase in costs in any kind of winter maintanance activity," said Arend.

From the 440,000 tons of salt to the 100,000 tons of sand and roughly $1 million in overtime costs compared to the same time last year.

"We have to take that money out of somewhere to keep covering winter as winter continues," said Arend.

Come spring, you must may feel the difference.

"It could impact the number of potholes that are fixed and patched, mowing in lets say the median, somwhere that doesn't impact sight lines, it could impact trash pickup," says Arend.

Arend says the hardest about this is that these numbers only go until January, February numbers do not come out for a few weeks, which means if the weather continues, it could cut even more into the spring budget.

"We do look like we will have enough salt to continue through the winter if there are any areas that are low, we will share with other municipalities other MDOT garages statewide," said Arend.

But as winter shows no sign of stopping, MDOT says you can count on crews doing all they can to handle whatever mother nature throws their way.

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