Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says about $40 million of the $58 million that was budgeted to clear roads and highways has already been spent with the total cost for the season now expected to hit $67 million.
MacLellan says storms that brought heavy snow and ice saw about $7 million of the budget spent in the last week alone.
In the last three weeks, he says the department has also had to bring in more private-sector contractors, which has added to the cost.
MacLellan says if extra money is needed it would likely be from a new appropriation and would not come from existing programs in his department.
The province spent $70 million to clear snow last year.Suggest a correction