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Snowstorm cost DOT $7.6M

Posted January 29, 2009

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— The state Department of Transportation spent more than $7.6 million to clear snow and ice from North Carolina highways during last week's snowstorm, officials said Thursday.

The storm's cost will rise in the coming weeks as outside contractors hired by DOT to help clear the roads file their invoices, DOT spokeswoman Dara Demi said.

Up to 6 inches of snow fell on central and eastern North Carolina on Jan. 20, prompting Gov. Beverly Perdue to declare a state of emergency.

DOT officials couldn't immediately provide a breakdown of how the money was spent.

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  • Rolling Along Jan 30, 2009

    TheAdmiral...you expect better? IMHO the headline could/should read "Snowstorm Cleanup Cost $7.6million". Anyone one care to guess how much to replace all the cute little red and white reflectors that got scraped off the roads?

  • Thinkaboutitfirst Jan 30, 2009

    "I don't get it. The salt sand and brine mixture were already paid for, the trucks and plows already belong to the county and we have employees to do this work, why did it cost so much. Just how many "outside contractors" did they hire and how much do they charge cause I should be able to live an entire year on just on "SNOW DAY" in NC. mmania"

    My thoughts exactly. What gives?

  • BigUNCFan Jan 30, 2009

    I would flip it and say that we saved money in the past 3 years in that we have not had a snowstorm in at least 4 years here in the Raleigh area. They should budget for at least 1 storm a year and if it does not happen, bank that money for a bad snow year.

  • mmania Jan 30, 2009

    I don't get it. The salt sand and brine mixture were already paid for, the trucks and plows already belong to the county and we have employees to do this work, why did it cost so much. Just how many "outside contractors" did they hire and how much do they charge cause I should be able to live an entire year on just on "SNOW DAY" in NC.

  • Angel67 Jan 30, 2009

    it is so true, it cost the state not dot. we still had 44 wrecks in wayne county alone, imagine if dot had not sone anything....

  • dazrite Jan 30, 2009

    Hey...if we can spend BILLIONS on illegal aliens....whats 7.6 million for a little snow removal. AT LEAST THE SALT IS A PREVENTION MEASURE. Sure wish the rest of government would learn from the example.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 30, 2009

    I guess its neat trivia to know the dollar figure. But really doesn't matter how much it is. Its a neccessary evil. The money has to be spent. If the money isn't spent, you lose many, many times more in lost revenue when businesses close for multiple days.

  • Wake1 Jan 30, 2009

    Someone bent over & pulled a number from you know where! If they did any kind of serious calculations on this, they would have a very good idea of what it was spent on - unless of course, they don't want to tell you!!!

  • WHEEL Jan 30, 2009

    If they don't have a breakdown then they don't have a reliable total. DOT is well known for pulling a figure from "somewhere" HIGH if it looks like they have done a good thing, LOW if they have messes up.

  • bs101fly Jan 29, 2009

    good thing it wasn't a real snow storm!
    Bev would have to use a calculator!

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