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Vermont’s salting, plowing costs well above budget

March 8, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s transportation agency has spent more than $30 million keeping highways plowed and maintained this winter, despite budgeting less than $20 million.

WCAX-TV reports that the Agency of Transportation budgeted $18.5 million for winter maintenance this season. So far, it has spent $31.7 million. Last winter, it spent $36.9 million.

Road salt usage has gone up. This year the state used more than 133,000 tons, surpassing a record set in the winter of 2015-2016. Officials say freezing rain early in the season required more salt and sand.

The transportation agency maintains state highways and interstates. Towns are responsible for salting and plowing local roads.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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