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Winter Storms Affect Future MoDOT Projects

Winter kicked off with lots of snow and ice this year, and the storms have impacted MoDOT's budget.
JOPLIN, MO -- Winter kicked off with lots of snow and ice this year, and the storms have impacted MoDOT's budget. Each storm required workers to be out in full force, spreading salt across slick roads. MoDOT officials say with a significant amount of winter weather at the beginning of year, there will be less money to go around for other projects.

"Every ton of salt we spread is one less ton of asphalt we can put out on the roads next summer, so there is a compensating factor and you'll see it next summer. There will just be less maintenance work done on our roadways around Southwest Missouri, and really the whole state," said Dan Salsbury, MoDOT Assistant District Engineer.

MoDOT officials say spreading salt is a necessary evil. The salt causes damage to some roads, leaving pot-holes in many spots. Although repairs and material are expensive, they're needed to keep roads safe for Missouri drivers.
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