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VTrans $8M over budget for winter road maintenance

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

It was a harsh winter costing Vermont homeowners more to heat their homes and run their vehicles.

The proof can also be found in state and local road budgets. The figures are starting to come and the Vt. Transportation Agency spent $8 million more than anticipated on plowing, salting and sanding the state's highway system.

The chair of the Senate Transportation Committee says that figure will likely grow and could top $9 million when winter road maintenance is put to bed.

"Well we usually average about $20 million in maintenance and this year we are about $28 million as we speak and that may be a little higher so that a lot of money and yet we are coming into a spring which needs a lot of potholes filled," said Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Grand Isle County.

Potholes and frost heaves form when moisture in the ground freezes and expands. Transportation officials say the thaw and freeze cycles and stretches of extreme cold made this a particularly bad year for road damage.

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