NC spends $5.3 million so far on recent winter storm cleanup

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) —  Clearing out all the snow and ice hasn’t been cheap for the state of North Carolina.

So far: the state has spent about $5.3 million on this most recent winter storm.

That number is expected to rise with additional employee costs and invoices from contractors that still need to come in.

The state budgeted about $40 million for winter weather response.

So far, about $12 million of that has been spent.

“If we go over the $40 million, we’ll sit down and say, OK, maybe we don’t do certain things maintenance-wise as much as possible,” said Steve Abbott with the NC DOT.

The state spent $67 million last winter.

An NC DOT spokesman says the department does not dip into funding for pothole repair, but could cut back on things like mowing if necessary.

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