By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – The tri-state has had to endure more than its share of winter storms this season, which leads to a lot of money going out to clear the roads.
Is there enough to handle what’s still to come? In New Jersey, the short answer is yes, because cost doesn’t come into play yet.
Even though he state has a snow removal budget of $10.3-million, they blew past that some time ago. As of last week, New Jersey has spent more than $60-million between materials and labor, which NJDOT’s Steve Shapiro says is no big deal:
“Our priority is safety first — keeping the roads clear and safe for the motorists. And as the winter progresses, the Treasury Department will reimburse us for any expenditures beyond what’s in the budget.”
Of course, that money has to come from somewhere. State budget officials will have to do some juggling between departments to make ends meet.
As for salt, brine and other supplies, Shapiro says they’ve been getting daily deliveries and have enough available to handle several storms to come.