WPR News
7:22 am
Wed January 16, 2008

Winter woes wound WYDOT

Laramie, Wyo. – Winter snow storms have pushed the state Department of Transportation about a million dollars over budget.

WYDOT spokesman Bruce Burrows says the cost of cleaning up after so many winter storms means the department will have to defer maintenance planned for later on.

"It's like anybody else," he says. "If you end up spending on one need, you have to cut back somewhere else. And that's unfortunate, because we have quite a few needs on our roadway system."

The Department of Transportation has spent 70 percent of its budget for winter road maintenance, with roughly half the winter still to come.