NJ Ate Up Entire Winter Snow Budget Already

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) -
A fleet of dump trucks plows a dusting that fell on central New Jersey early Wednesday morning.
A fleet of dump trucks plows a dusting that fell on central New Jersey early Wednesday morning.

Snow removal has already eaten up all the funds set aside for 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

The toll roads have spent $14.5 million on snow and salt for just this month. That compares to $24.7 million for all of 2013. There were 66 snow or ice events in 2013 compared to 29 in 2012.

Despite the weather, traffic on New Jersey’s two major toll roads was up less than a percentage point in 2013. The turnpike had $1 billion in toll revenues for the year. The parkway had $407 million.