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$0 Spent on DelDOT Snow and Ice Removal So Far This Season

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Winter, winter everywhere but not a single snowflake. And no snow has meant no work for DelDOT plows and salt spreaders.

Thursday was the warmest Christmas Eve Day on record for Delmarva. Warm weather means no snow.

Drivers pulling into the Smyrna rest area Wednesday had to deal with rain but not with snow. Jim Doyle and his wife moved to Delaware this year.

"Travel right now is getting a little heavier. It's pouring. Sometimes the visibility is less than a quarter of a mile, if that," Doyle said. "Having 97 inches of snow last year up in Connecticut - this is a dream. So, we're fine with it."

DelDOT is also fine without the snow. Tom Greve, DelDOT's central district engineer, says plows have been prepped but had nothing to do.

"Stocking of all our salt barns, all our materials have been brought in already. All the equipment is ready. We've had inspections across the entire state," Greve said. "We currently haven't spent any money this year for snow fighting operations. But last year at this time, we had spent only $150,000. But by the end of the season, by the middle of March, we had actually spent $13 million."

Greve says two winters ago DelDOT spent $1.5 million through the end of December and then $18 million when the whole season was over. And that was a really bad winter.

"So, the takeaway from all that is we typically don't have any real large events in December anyway. Historically, our large events are in January, February and sometimes early March," he said.

That means an easy December doesn't necessarily portend an easy winter.

"If you want to call it a savings, you don't really know what your savings are until the entire season is over," said Greve.

Basically, no matter how warm it is now, eventually the plows will likely be necessary and will get their first taste of winter roads.

DelDOT officials say the department has used the unseasonable warmth to extend fall road repair work.

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