Snowstorm, Bitter Cold Costs State $14 Million

Snowstorm, Bitter Cold Costs State $14 Million


Last week’s bitter temperatures and snow cost the state of Illinois about $14 million. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s costs accounted for much of the expenditure.

Illinois Emergency Management spokeswoman Patti Thompson says IDOT spent about $12.3 million, which covered labor, equipment and road salt. The Illinois Tollway Authority spent about $1.3 million. Illinois State Police racked up almost $108,000 in overtime costs.

The state also spent $30,000 to deploy three dozen Illinois National Guard soldiers who helped IDOT crews rescue stranded cars and repair snowplows.

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