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Mild winter cuts costs of highway maintenence

February 14, 2000
By: Farrah Fite
State Capital Bureau

The warm winter is keeping highway costs down for Missouri taxpayers. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.

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Unseasonable weather is saving the Missouri Department of Trasnportation money. MDOT spends millions of dollars on salt and overtime to drivers to keep roads safe. But the nice weather is helping cut those prices.

MDOT Technical Support Engineer, Tom Borgmeyer, says that not having to rebuild salt supplies next year is a large cut in expenses.

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Contents: Borgmeyer says the state uses six million dollars worth of salt a year.

Borgmeyer says the extra money will shift to other highway maintenence tasks like pavement repair and drainage. Farrah Fite from Jefferson City.


Mid-Missouri's mild winter is saving taxpayers money when it comes to highways. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.

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High temperatures means low costs to the Missouri Department of Transportation this winter. The season's warm weather has MDOT spending less on materials and maintenence.

MDOT Technical Support Engineer, Tom Borgmeyer, says the biggest saving comes from not having to pay drivers overtime to keep the roads clear.

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Contents: Borgmeyer says the immediate savings comes from not paying overtime. An average of four million dollars is spent on overtime each year.

Borgmeyer says if the weather holds, the extra funds would go to other maintenence tasks such as mowing or pavement repair. Farrah Fite from Jefferson City.