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Winter’s snowy barrage hammers U.S. road budgets



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Bethlehem, Pa., will delay a park upgrade and a downtown streetscape project, public works director Mike Alkhal said. The city has no choice after more than doubling its usual winter maintenance spending.

"It was practically around the clock for days and days and weeks and weeks," Alkhal said, referring to the road crews’ overtime.

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In many cities and counties, officials say it’s too early to know what will be sacrificed, as winter’s toll is still being tallied. And the despised polar vortex could always stir up more trouble on its way out.

"We’re expecting a couple more storms," said Bruce Stelzner, highway commissioner in Chippewa County, Wis., "which will dig our hole a little deeper."

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Contributing to this story were Associated Press writers Jason Keyser in Chicago, Michael Rubinkam in northeastern Pennsylvania, Larry O’Dell in Richmond, Va., Tom Foreman Jr. in Charlotte, N.C., Kelly Kissel in Little Rock, Ark., Bob Salsberg in Boston, Phillip Lucas in Atlanta, Donna Bryson in Denver, Ben Neary in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Matt Volz in Helena, Mont.




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