SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — As snow continued to fall through Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, UDOT crews stayed busy at works clearing Utah's roads.
“As of last Friday, we were at about $24 million and our budget is $24.1 million,” said UDOT spokesperson John Gleason.
When budget funds dry up, Gleason says the agency can dip into the maintenance fund, which right now has about $2 million.
“We're going to exceed the $24.1 million and then probably go well into the contingency funds, if not over there as well,” Gleason said.
Dipping into the contingency fund could delay other transportation projects slated to be done in the spring — things like shoulder work and guardrail repair. Pothole repairs and major capacity projects like the tech corridor work are funded from a different part of the budget and would not be impacted.
“We can push those back, take funding from those activities and put them toward plowing the roads,” Gleason said.
Unexpected storms in central and southern Utah have taken more of the budget spend than predicted. Gleason says every statewide storm costs about $1 million between equipment and paying crews to run it.
"We'll make sure that the roads are safe to drive on and, as long as it's snowing, we'll be out there plowing," Gleason said.
If UDOT runs out of contingency funds they do have the option to ask the legislature for more money.