Despite Mild Winter, Must Snow Removal Money Gone

BALTIMORE (AP) — With mild weather and little snow this winter, Maryland residents might think the state is saving a bundle in snow removal costs.

In fact, the State Highway Administration says it has spent more than $30 million of its $36 million snow removal budget for this winter.

WBAL-AM  reports that state highway crews have been called out 14 times this winter. Despite the fact that there have only been two or three times when salting or plowing was needed in the Baltimore area, crews must be ready for a storm even if the forecast changes.

SHA crews have also plowed seven feet of snow in western Maryland.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Sylvan Finkelstein


  • Gayle

    What a wasteful state we are, Thank you Mr. Mayor you are a idiot. Just a mention of snow and crews are sitting on the side of road getting paid overtime for snow that never comes. Plain old stupid.

  • Mark K

    You can’t blame the Mayor its our Tax and spend liberal Gov. Omalley. Its typical government mandates that you either use the money set aside for that use or the budget committee cuts you off at the knees next year. Use or lose. But to only have $6000 out of $36000 with no snow, I’d be checking someones pockets.

  • Confused

    This doesn’t even seem possible! And why is this not a big deal? No snow at all this winter and the money is gone? What a mess this state is in.

  • Jeff

    Has everyone seen the salt on the roads for the last month and half. I can tell you why it’s gone. Every time snow was mentioned, the snow plow trucks were out salting. I spend a lot of time on the road for work and I saw the trucks out a lot. You can see the salt all over the roads. If you have trucks out salting, it does’t matter if we have snow or not, it’s going to cost a lot of money. I do think that they shouldn’t salt as much, but it’s a double edged sword. If there is a chance for snow and they don’t salt, idiots get in car accidents and throw a fit that they didn’t salt before. Remember all those gripes from years past??? If they do salt every time and we don’t get snow, then people complain about spending the money. You can’t have it both ways.

    • Wiseguy

      ……..Jeff must be worried he will get his overtime cut and he won’t be able to sit on the side of the road and sleep for time and a half pay.

  • Hank Moody

    Don’t you mean MOST snow removal?

  • Chris

    All trucks get paid to be ready. So they are paid full rate to sit and wait. This is good when a really horrible storm comes thru, but these little flurries waste a lot of money.And fuel costs have skyrocketed, and with trucks getting 4-6 mpg, that is a lot of the money. And the cost of salt is probably higher because of this too,. With all that money spent and the little snow we got, one would hope there is a lot of salt for next year. Guess we will see.

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