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State over budget for snow and ice removal

State over budget for snow and ice removal

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WASHINGTON STATE - Washington state's road-clearing budget is taking a beating thanks to an especially cold and snowy winter. State transportation officials are asking lawmakers to add $5 million to the snow-and-ice removal budget to cover costs incurred this winter.
 
WSDOT says the budget is based on historical data, but this winter has strained the department's stores of road salt and de-icing solution.
 
The department had $85 million for snow removal in the 2015-2017 state budget. By December 2015, the department was running about $1.2 million under projected costs for snow removal. But this past December, the budget went $1.4 million into the red.
 
January and February are expected to cost an additional $3.6 million, and more snow is in the forecast.

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