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Mild Winter Saving Illinois Millions

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SPRINGFIELD, ILL.(IRN)-At least one agency in the deficit-riddled state of Illinois can say it’s spending less and saving millions.  But it’s not because of frugal ways.

IDOT spokesman Josh Kauffman says it’s the record dry winter which has meant a significant decrease in road clearing.

In the last three years, at this point in the season, IDOT has spent an average of $30.6 million salting and plowing snow-covered state roads. This year, IDOT has spent less than 15 percent of that, or $5.4 million.

Kauffman says there is much winter season remaining.  He says IDOT is looking forward to clearing the roads and making them as safe as possible for Illinois drivers.

Copyright Illinois Radio News Network

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