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2013-14 Winter Costs State Transportation Dept. $57 Million

INDOT typically spends about $30 million in road repairs and maintenance each winter.

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The costs include anything from putting salt on the roads to clearing snow with snow plows.

The official tally is in. The Indiana Department of Transportation says this past frigid winter cost the state an estimated $57 million.

Spokesman Will Wingfield says that‘s a record and well above the typical $33.8 million for each of the previous five years.

INDOT also used 437,000 tons of salt and 5.1 million gallons of salt brine, and INDOT trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles.

“Certainly we have some flexibility in our budget to account for that, but at the same time we will be keeping a close eye on our budget just to make sure we are able to accommodate the rough winter we had,” Wingfield says.

Indiana‘s new fiscal year begins July 1.

Wingfield says they‘re keeping tabs on salt and other prices to determine when best to make purchases – given this past winter.

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