Region blew through snow budgets this winter

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Local governments are dealing with snow sticker shock from the cost of removing all of the snow this winter.

Virginia's Department of Transportation says it spent nearly double its $157 million budget for the entire Commonwealth.
In Maryland, the State Highway Administration estimates it will spend about $130 million, not the $46 million it expected.

Now we spoke with representatives from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. earlier in the winter and they told us they spend what's needed to get the job done and find the funds to pay for it later.

Here's a look at the original budgets and the actual money spent so far:


Original Budget: $46 million

Spent: $136 million (from Md. State Highway..all of Maryland)


Original Budget: $63 million

Spent: $175 million (from VDOT for Northern Virginia)


Original Budget: $6.2 million

Spent: $8.7 million (not including Monday's storm).

These figures include snow removal, man hours and overtime as well as road treatment.


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