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Warmer weather could lead to better roads

Posted February 1, 2012
Updated February 2, 2012

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— Warmer temperatures this winter could mean more road improvements on local and state roads this year.

In 2010, the city of Raleigh spent about $300,000 on winter cleanup. Last year, it spent about $325,000.

So far, this year, the city has spent only about $3,000 for routine maintenance on machinery.

What's left over at the end of winter will go to improve local roads, Raleigh transportation infrastructure manager Chris McGee said Wednesday.

"We'll be purchasing more asphalt to do pothole patching, more concrete for repairing sidewalks and that sort of thing. It just means we're able to get more routine work done," he said.

On the state level, about $50 million is set aside each year for winter weather cleanup, according to the Department of Transportation. So far, about $4.3 million of that money has been spent.

Whatever is left over will also go toward road maintenance projects.

Although that's good for taxpayers, retailers say store shelves are staying fully stocked with winter coats, hats, gloves and other winter items.

"(The weather) definitely has impacted us, and we haven't sold through like we normally would," said Tiffany Gonsoli, manager of REI in Cary.

Bike sales, however, were up 50 percent in January, she said, adding that an earlier spring might help offset the winter clothing loss.

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  • cjw6105 Feb 2, 2012

    LOWER the state gasoline tax? We can't do that, because public education needs the money!!!

  • Remy Feb 2, 2012

    I sure hope they come my way with those road improvements. We got some areas that keep getting minor repairs just to fail again a few months later.

  • Z Man Feb 2, 2012

    Ya know, this SHOULD mean our so called leaders are going to drop the tax on a gallon of gasoline from 49 cents to 45 cents. Ya think!

  • Screw WrAl Feb 2, 2012

    What a riot. They spent nothing on brime spreading this year. How about that. And we wonder why!

    They'll make up for it by having to fill craters the size of cars later this year as the drought cracks the earth beneath us and will make the area look like a 8.5 earthquake hit.

  • fayncmike Feb 2, 2012

    It sure isn't helping the Legion Road project in Hope Mills. It was supposed to be finished by November 2011. So far it still looks about half done and is a great inconvenience to all who use the road.