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Mild Winter Effects

The lack of snow this winter is paying off for some financially struggling government agencies.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - The lack of snow this winter is paying off for some financially struggling government agencies.  With more rain than snow so far this winter, plows have been spending a lot of time sitting around in area highway yards.

Keeping those plows and other snow removal vehicles idle can mean considerable savings for the agencies involved. Part of the financial windfall comes from reducing the need to repair and maintain the equipment

 Local highway departments have assigned their crews to a winter schedule. But if the weather is mild, those workers can take on tasks other than plowing snow.  In addition to reducing overtime costs, mild winter savings can come from unused road treatment supplies.
 
Reducing the amount of road chemicals used this year can mean additional savings in the future. While money not spent on winter road maintenance can be generally be used for other road repair projects in the spring and summer that work is still a long way off.
     
The highway experts advise checking back in a couple of months to find out how their budgets carried them though the winter.
        


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