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DOT Surpasses Winter Weather Budget, Road Repair May Suffer

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it has surpassed its budget for winter weather storm preparation and clean-up by $12 million. The agency set aside $40 million this year for interstate and highway de-icing and plowing, but a spokesperson tells My Fox Carolinas the DOT has already spent $52 million on those efforts.

Money for the DOT’s winter weather budget comes out of the maintenance budget, which also funds road resurfacing, highway litter pick-up, and mowing along state-maintained roads. All of those activities will be impacted by the extra money spent on winter weather efforts, but the DOT says it’s too early to tell how much each maintenance category will be affected.

“We have to do what’s necessary to keep the roads open and safe and for folks to use and travel," NC DOT spokesperson Jen Thompson said. “Whatever the cost is, we have to take care of it.”

Alton Keaton commutes to work in and around Charlotte every day.

“It’s a good thing that they have that winter budget, but then again it’s still hazardous out there on the roads outside of the winter," he said.

He said since some road repairs may not happen, he’ll have to watch closely for potholes and other road maintenance issues.

“It’s unfortunate, but that’s how it goes. We can’t really control that (the weather).”


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