Mild winter leads to savings for NJ towns

March 26, 2008 11:43:52 AM PDT
Some counties and towns in New Jersey are seeing green because they didn't need to spend much for snow removal this winter.

But the state Transportation Department says it spent $21 million dollars to keep traffic moving. That's about the same as last year.

There was only one major winter storm in the state this year, Feb. 22.

The DOT tells The Star-Ledger of Newark road crews were called out 27 times to salt or plow highways.

Climatologist Dave Robinson tells the newspaper the winter of 2008 was the 16th mildest since 1895, when the state started keeping such records.

Some towns and counties say they saved money on their snow removal budgets.

--- Information from: The Star-Ledger,