Mar 26, 2016 9:38 AM

Silver lining to scarce snow: More money for road work

The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Scarce snow this winter has meant less snowplowing and use of sand and salt, leaving northern New England communities with extra money for road maintenance and other transportation projects.

Maine officials say they're looking at a savings of millions that will be rolled right back into the maintenance budget, for culverts, road repairs and, most importantly, bridge repairs.

New Hampshire transportation officials anticipate a savings of about $5 million and hope to use half of that on municipal bridges.

But the Vermont transportation agency secretary says it's too early to tell what the savings will be. He says the unusual winter also reduced tourist visits and resulting revenues from gas purchases. He said that the state had a net savings of $900,000 at the end of February with more expected this month.

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