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BOSTON (AP) — A harsh winter in much of the country exhausted state snow removal budgets and pushed the resources of transportation agencies to their limits as they fought to keep highways safe and passable.
That's according to a survey Monday from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Combined, the 23 states that responded reported spending more than $1 billion on winter maintenance and logging 8 million work hours plowing and treating state roads.
States also went through some 6 million tons of salt and other huge quantities of liquid deicing chemicals.
Massachusetts far exceeded its $107 million snow removal budget as crews removed 17.5 billion cubic feet of snow from state roadways during a winter that saw single-season snowfall records broken.
Several southern states were also kept busy by dangerous ice storms.
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