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Wed May 12, 2010
State still has money for snow removal
By Molly Messick
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Transportation was under budget for snow removal before the snowstorm that hit the state (Tuesday) night - and a spokesman says this most recent storm shouldn't change that. Spring storms may test the patience of Wyoming residents, but WYDOT's Bruce Burrows says they're generally cheaper, in terms of road-clearing, than a big mid-winter snowfall.
"Usually as soon as it stops snowing and if we don't have a lot of wind and we get that first layer of slush off - they will dry up pretty quickly because the sun. We have longer days and the temperatures are not as low. So Mother Nature does give us a hand in that regard."
Burrows says WYDOT budgeted 25 million dollars for snow and ice control this winter. As of late April, about 20 million had been spent.