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Weather damage to Walla Walla roads will cost more than $1 million to repair

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WALLA WALLA, WA - People in Walla Walla had better get used to seeing road repair crews around town. City officials told reporter Mackenzie Allen that weather damage to the roads will take more than a month to repair.

The City estimates it's going to cost a whopping $1 million to fix all of the road damage from the snow, rain, and frost. And that's just from the damage they know of.

A perfect storm of snow, rain, and freezing temperatures created what's known as frost heaves, damaging some 72 sections of road around Walla Walla. It's some of the worst damage the City has ever seen, and is requiring road crews to work nearly around the clock to get everything patched up.

It's work the City did not budget for, meaning other projects will likely have to go on the back burner for now. 

"It comes out of our budget for projects we had already lined up to do throughout the summer, so it comes out of that budget, but it just needs to be done," said David Brauhn with the City of Walla Walla. "There's no getting away from that."

What crews are doing now is just a temporary patch, so even once they finish this set of repairs, they won't really be done until they can pour asphalt this spring. This means residents can expect a second round of repairs in the coming months.

Of course, with the possibility of more rain and frost in the forecast, that means more damage could occur. If you see areas of damage, the City is asking that you notify them in order to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

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