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State Governments Bust Budgets On Snow Removal This Winter

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Unusually large snow totals this winter have required extra funds in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Unusually large snow totals this winter have required extra funds in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The harsh winter has put tremendous pressure on the highway snow removal budgets in the D.C. region.

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are looking for ways to pay the bills without cutting too much from other maintenance needs as spring begins.

West Virginia already has gone $8 million over its nearly $55 million budget. Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker says it's been the most brutal West Virginia winter in years.

Budget-wise, it's been even worse for Virginia and Maryland. A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation says the state might spend nearly double its almost $160 million snow removal budget. And Maryland's State Highway Administration officials estimate it will spend approximately $130 million, almost three times its $46 million budget.


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