Snow removal is eating up funds on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
The toll roads have spent $14.5 million on snow and salt this month. That compares to $24.7 million for all of 2013. There were 66 snow or ice events in 2013 compared to 29 in 2012.
State Transportation Commissioner James Simpson tells The Star-Ledger of Newark there's no substitute for safety.
Despite the weather, traffic on New Jersey's two major toll roads was up less than a percentage point in 2013.
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"Our revenue was positively impacted by an improving economy this year and relatively low gas prices," NJ Turnpike Chief financial officer Donna Manuelli told the paper.
The turnpike had $1 billion in toll revenues for the year. The parkway had $407 million.
With months left of winter the cost of snow removal will likley go up.