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Transportation agency goes over winter salt budget

March 18, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says it has gone over its allocated winter salt budget as the state faced a series of snowstorms and freeze-thaw conditions.

WCAX-TV reports crews used about 190,000 tons of salt on state roads this year, compared to the average winter use of 140,000 tons.

VTrans says the increase has pushed them $2.5 million over their budget for salt to a total of $14.5 million.

VTrans spokesman Todd Law says the agency faced a 15 percent increase in salt prices this year, from an average of $68 to $78 a ton.

The agency says it is working with its financial team to ensure the total maintenance fund isn’t over budget.

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