Snow removal puts state $6 million in hole
A Department of Transportation plow truck treats the road way at the Interstate 93 and Interstate 293 split in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
5 a.m. snow day calls not welcome by everyone
The state budgeted about $39 million for winter maintenance but expects to spend about $45 million. Last winter totaled about $32 million for "a relatively mild winter," department spokesman Bill Boynton said Tuesday.
"As always is the case, we don't know how the winters are going to play out," Boynton said, noting last month ranked as the worst month in 20 years on a winter severity index that measures the effect of weather on maintaining roads.
Before Tuesday's storm, Concord already had 72 inches of snow this winter, 17.2 inches above normal.
At the same point last year, the city saw 48.9 inches compared to a normal 54.8 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
A fleet of 310 state plow trucks and 437 hired trucks cleared 4,600 miles of state-maintained roads Tuesday. A statewide storm typically costs about $565,000 for an eight-hour shift without overtime, including staff, equipment and salt. An eight-hour overtime shift runs $609,000.
Some crews in southwest New Hampshire were called out at 10 p.m. Monday.
Last winter's budget had more than $7 million left over, with some of that money devoted to tasks such as tree trimming and guardrail work in the summer, Boynton said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Keene Swamp Bats coach: Okla. tornado was close to home - 0
- Survivors pulled from Oklahoma tornado debris as toll falls - 1
- A little rain helps, but fire officials say we need more - 0
- Winter weather affects area schools - 0
- Meteor lights up night sky over eastern United States - 1
- Epping residents upset by tree trimming crew's work - 4
- In snow, many work from home - 0
- 5 a.m. snow day calls not welcome by everyone - 16
- Nashua to be reimbursed for Nemo expenses - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Car may have started itself, crashes at Manchester Home Depot - 3
- House votes to ban lead sinkers and jigs over an ounce - 8
- House passes auto dealers bill of rights - 2
- Rochester man facing up to 30 years in prison for brutal assault - 1
- Man who confronts burglar in Nashua gets bit - 0
- Police say Nashua man struck woman with Jeep - 0
- Gambling debate begins following frantic lobbying - 6
- Pease chosen to receive new KC-46A refueling tanker; to bring 100 jobs - 8
- FBI agent kills Florida man during questioning about Marathon bombing suspect - 2
License revocations for DWI announced
UPDATED: Derry marks a soldier's death
Experts weigh in on UNH logo designs