ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.
The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.
KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.
They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.
If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.