A summary of winter highway maintenance expenses shows it was an expensive season

WASHINGTON — A look at approximate winter maintenance costs from October-March in some of the hardest hit U.S. states. Note some figures would likely increase due to additional late-season storms or as new totals are calculated. Twenty three states responded to a survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

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STATE AMOUNT EXPENDED (millions) SALT (tons) PERSONNEL HOURS
Arkansas $14.9 44,000 Not provided
Colorado $36.8 50,000 435,000
Connecticut $44.6 212,000 483,000
Indiana $40.0 273,000 308,000
Kansas $14.6 69,000 150,000
Kentucky $40.9 288,000 Not available
Louisiana $1.2 150 22,000
Maryland $108.1 337,000 408,000
Massachusetts $154 600,000 296,000*
Michigan $80 400,000 320,000
Mississippi $3.1 887 64,700
Missouri $32 110,000 525,000
Montana $17 2,970 56,000
Nebraska $22.2 85,000 157,000
New Hampshire $46 190,000 Not available
New York Not provided 1,100,000 Not provided
Ohio $120.3 947,000 1,100,000
Pennsylvania $272 ** 1,000,000 2,500,000
South Dakota $11 5,800 92,000
Utah $14 203,000 313,000
Vermont $26.7 118,000 231,000
Washington*** $13.8 129,000 287,000
Wyoming $18.4 180,000 221,000
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*Figure comprises only MassDOT employee hours, does not account for private contractors, out-of-state crews, etc.

**Updated figure provided by PennDOT

***Salt usage and work hours through January

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Source: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials: http://www.transportation.org/Pages/Default.aspx

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