Snowy Week Costs Vt. More Than $1 Million

St. Albans, Vt. - As the latest winter storm continued to wind down Thursday, road crews were still busy as the clean-up continued.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation started its week off with a Sunday-Monday snow event dropping more than a foot in some spots.

"Quite honestly that was a demanding storm but it was one that we could use the tools of the trade which is 'plow, plow, plow’,” said Dave Blackmore, VTrans District Manager.

Since then, crews have been working non-stop trying to stay ahead of the snow.

Blackmore said, "We get them out and get them going around three in the morning and they'll be going until six, seven or later at night.”

Currently VTrans employs nearly 300 people who are licensed to plow. Blackmore says that's a good amount of drivers.

"Last year we were sweating bullets, we were pulling just about everyone we could in our system who had a CDL license and getting them on a truck,” explained Blackmore.

Taking supplies and manpower into consideration, the snowy week has cost the state around $1.2 million.

Blackmore said, "We certainly welcome this compared to last year, you know vermont is known for snow, we like snow, we rely on snow for a lot of our businesses... You know this is really kind of a typical winter for us.”

Blackmore calls it a challenging week with only minor hiccups.

“There was a lot of school closing that was a huge help to use which made our job a lot easier to clean-up we saw a lot of folks driving accordingly because they saw a lot of snow out there,” said Blackmore.

VTrans spent just over $21 million on winter maintenance last year. So far this year nearly $25 million has been spent already.


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