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Published March 31, 2014, 10:32 PM

This winter has been expensive for North Dakota's DOT

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This blizzard is just the latest mess area road departments have dealt with this winter.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This blizzard is just the latest mess area road departments have dealt with this winter.

How many more times can the F-M Area be pummeled by storms, and not break their budgets.

Slick, icy, treacherous - driving conditions are far from optimal.

I have seen plows out and about - sanding and salting the roadways...for many of them they've had to re-stock their supplies.

"Less snow, but more ice"

No matter the form it fell in state, county and city road crews have had a busy last couple of months...

"They still did a lot of street maintenance, scraping streets, moving snow, clearing by fire hydrants."

North Dakota DOT'S biggest challenge this winter...

"We've had trouble getting salt this year district wide and statewide - had to share between some places salt and sand"

To top it off of - it's been expensive.

"70 dollars a ton so, you are looking at 8-900 hundred dollars per load in the trucks"

So how do West Fargo, Fargo and the DOT fare on crunching numbers to stay within budget?

They all say they're fairly on track - especially since their budgets are based on calendar years.

"We're doing pretty well, I pulled the numbers this morning and they were at 35-percent. We got off real easy on March except for today."

Meaning after today West Fargo still has 65-percent of their winter travel budget remaining for the rest of the year

I also spoke with Moorhead's Public Works Department - I was told they have gone a tad over budget on salt - otherwise, they're looking good.

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