Winter weather costly for INDOT

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The winter weather has also been costly to the Indiana Department of Transportation this year.

More than $31 million has already been spent on winter operations throughout Indiana.

INDOT spokesperson Debbie Calder said more than $4.7 million been spent within the Crawfordsville district, which includes Tippecanoe, Benton, Clinton, Montgomery, Warren and Fountain Counties.

Over that last 5 winters, INDOT’s winter budget has averaged $33.8 million.

Calder said this year has been more costly, but shouldn’t affect the annual budget.

“It shouldn’t effect it right now. The legislature gives INDOT flexibility to manage that budget and move finances around, so we’ll see what the next six weeks of winter brings and where our funding is at that time.,” said Calder.

Plows within the Crawfordsville district have logged more than 600,000 miles this winter.

Calder said the biggest difficulty for them this winter has been the wind and drifting snow.

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