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Winter wipes out Va., W.Va., Md. snow budgets

Thursday - 3/20/2014, 6:27am  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The harsh winter busted the highway snow removal budgets in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Now those states 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. Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tamara Rollison says the state might spend nearly double its $157 million snow removal budget. And Maryland's State Highway Administration estimates it will spend more than $130 million, obliterating its $46 million budget.

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