(Host) Governor Peter Shumlin got out a shovel and joined a highway repair crew on Wednesday to call attention to the state’s efforts to fix roadways ravaged by winter.
(Shumlin) "Oh, we got another one, huh? I’m not quitting! Ever seen it so bad?"
(Highway worker) "This year honestly is the worse I’ve seen it."
(Shumlin) "How many years you been at this?"
(Highway worker) "This is my seventh year at AOT."
(Shumlin) "I never wanted to be a dentist but I could do this work!"
(Host) Shumlin said the state has spent $1.3 million so far this season patching potholes. On a normal year, the state spends about one million dollars fixing the highway divots.
Total expenditures related to winter weather this season have topped $21 million, a 50 percent increase over last year’s $14 million.
Shumlin says the state will find the money to keep the highways safe.