NJ Snow Removal Costs Beat Record

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

The Transportation Department spent a record $62 million keeping New Jersey’s roads clear of snow this past winter even though less snow fell.

The money spent during the 2012-13 season eclipsed the $56 million spent during the 2010-11 winter.

The state averaged 20.8 inches of snow this winter compared to 44.4 inches in 2010-11. DOT spokesman Steve Schapiro said they responded to 37 events, including 24 that required a statewide mobilization.

They spread nearly three times as much salt as last year. Average pay of 1,700 contractors increased from $137.62 per truck per hour to $172.15.