February 11, 2010
Snow and ice storms this winter are becoming budget busters for the State Department of Transportation.
Already this season, KDOT has spent $11.5 million to clear the highways because of winter storms, that's more than the five year average, and we could still see more snow and ice in the coming months.
KDOT says it's already had to cut almost $8 million from its budget since July, and mother nature isn't helping.
"We will find the money, because it is our charge to clear those highways so we won't shirk that duty. We are being very careful on how we use those resources, human resources as well as our salt and sand, " said KDOT's Tom Hein.
He says KDOT will have to move some funds from its operating budget if we get more winter weather. That means a delay in building and equipment maintenance.