RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Winter in Vermont has badly impacted budgets for local communities attempting to keep their roadways in check.
The state Agency of Transportation says this year’s winter season has been a budget-buster, with the $18.5 million winter maintenance budget already nearly $3 million in the red. The Rutland Herald reports Rutland has fared a little better, with the Department of Public Works saying they still have $45,000 to purchase salt for winter storms.
DPW project manager David Sears says the city’s budget for filling potholes is already $3,000 over budget.
Brandon Public Works Director Daryl Burlett says he is over budget in practically every account of winter maintenance.
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State engineer Todd Law says the state budgets winter maintenance based on a five-year average and this year was worse than the average.