• Mass. on track to double budgeted amount for snow removal


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Monday that the Commonwealth has already exceeded its budgeted amount for snow and ice removal by nearly $40 million this season, and with another storm slated to hit overnight, the nonexistent funds will likely take another hit.

    The MassDOT reportedly budgeted $45.5 million for snow and ice removal; however, as of March 11, the state had already spent $84 million.

    "That amount is expected to rise as wintry weather continues and we receive deliveries of materials and call on our plow truck vendors...again!" DOT spokeswoman Sara Lavoie wrote in an emailed response to the State House News Service.

    MassDOT is authorized to spend $30 million in addition to the $45.5 million they had budgeted without seeking supplemental funding from the Legislature, but since spending has already exceeded that level, officials say Beacon Hill is aware that a request for additional funding is likely this spring, reports the State House News Service.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from 9 p.m. Monday until 11 a.m. Tuesday. Cape Cod is expected to receive 1 to 2 inches of snow while more than a foot is expected in central and western Massachusetts. Boston is expected to receive 4 to 7 inches of snowfall overnight.

    According to MassDOT, state spending on snow and ice removal in recent years breaks down as follows: fiscal 2007, $41.7 million; fiscal 2008, $104 million; fiscal 2009, $127.5 million; fiscal 2010, $69.7 million; fiscal 2011, $106 million; and fiscal 2012, $35 million.

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