CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox predicts the state Division of Highways will exhaust the money it has budgeted for snow and ice removal this winter.
Mattox said just about every storm over the last few months has been a statewide event.
“We’re about 11 million dollars over (in spending) where we planned to be at this point and time and we still have 30 percent (of winter remaining),” Mattox said.
The budget shows the DOH has spent 89 percent of its Snow Removal & Ice Control Budget. Mattox said they will have to move some money around.
“We’ll work with staff and go over our budget again and rearrange some projects,” Mattox said.
The DOH has already used 269,000 tons of salt this winter.
Mattox said he knows Spring is getting closer by the day.
“I keep telling myself that to maintain my sanity,” he joked. “I look at the long range weather forecast and it’s very favorable in the coming weeks. It gives us some optimism and something to look forward to.”