Updated Mon, Mar 12, 2012 5:28 am
Ohio's mild winter has saved the state's transportation department millions of dollars in weather-related costs.
The Ohio Department of Transportation saved $43 million this year after spending $80 million last year for winter-weather expenses from snow and ice.
Transportation Department spokesman Steve Faulkner says the savings can be used for other projects, including road improvements such as resurfacing roadways and repairing guardrails. Ohio has about $2 billion worth of projects that need funding.
Several central Ohio communities also say they have saved thousands of dollars on road salt, overtime and other winter-weather costs. Columbus paid $332,000 for road salt compared with nearly $1.7 million last year.