UNION CITY - People around New Jersey are facing another major winter storm, and road crews had to get ready yet again.
The state's Transportation Department says it has spent close to $70 million clearing the roads during 32 storms this winter. The previous record was $62.5 million for 38 storms last year.
The DOT has used more than 300,000 tons of salt this year. Snow removal costs on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway topped $14.5 million last month alone. The state has spent $24.7 million for all of last year.
Several local and county governments say they are also seeing the strain of the busy winter season.
Many towns have reported shortages in salt and some are close to running out entirely. Town administrators have ordered more salt, but the statewide shortage has kept some waiting.