Series of snow storms pushed up NH costs by $9 million
CONCORD (AP) - This winter's series of heavy snowfalls put a $9.2 million hurt on the state's annual snow removal budget and led to a raid on the fund that pays for road and bridge repair and maintenance.
Figures compiled by the Department of Transportation show the state spent $48.3 million to clear roads this season. It had budgeted $39.1 million and needed a transfer from the State Highway Fund to cover the shortfall.
A surprisingly heavy storm the day before Thanksgiving got things started. Then, after a relatively quiet December and most of January, the region got pounded by storm after storm.
A Jan. 27 blizzard alone cost $3.3 million. Two storms in rapid succession - on Feb. 2 and Feb. 10 - continued to pile on the costs.