Snow Removal Budgets Haven't Been Touched

Local Department of Transportation offices say if the mild winter continues the money normally spent on snow removal could possibly be spent on other projects.

Each year the state sets aside a certain amount of money to be spent on snow removal. DOT workers say so far in Pitt County, none of that money has been used.

Last winter was a much different story when Pitt County DOT Maintenance Engineer Jeff Cabaniss says the county spent $253,000 of state money on snow removal.

This year tons of salt and thousands of gallons of salt brine sit in Pitt County waiting to be used - and the state's snow removal budget remains high.

Cabaniss says in years past the state has put excess money from it's snow removal budget into county maintenance budgets at the end of the winter, allowing the money to be used for other projects like paving and patch work, but says it's not a sure thing. He says the state could decide to spend it on overages elsewhere , or save it, considering the tough economy.

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