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Street Departments Financially Prepared For Winter

State and local departments in charge of keeping streets clean and safe during winter say they still have extra money from last winter.

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Indiana street departments say they have enough salt and vehicles for this year's winter.

Last year’s mild winter has put many street departments in a good position to handle this year’s weather.

Martinsville Street Department Superintendent Danny Lucas says the city has plenty of salt left over and was able to make a few additional purchases.

“We still have a lot of stock left form last year as for our plows and other that, we purchased a new truck last year, and we’re set and ready to go,” he says.

Greg Prince, the spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Seymour district, says the district spent less than half of its $4 million budget last year. That money went back into the general fund and part of it was used for maintenance and repairs. The rest was saved for this year, although Prince says budgeting is still a guessing game, just like it is every year.

“It’s hard to predict obviously the weather and what’s in store,” he says. “We try to do the best we can on forecasting with past winters and that way we’ve set ourselves up for a good budget.”

He says because they have some funds left over INDOT should have no problem weathering the extra costs even if a severe winter might incur.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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