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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Department of Transportation is eliminating 98 positions.
U-DOT officials say this will make five (M)million dollars available for road projects.
Many of the positions eliminated had remained vacant since the department's February self-imposed hiring freeze, and the rest were transferred within the department.
U-DOT employs nearly one-thousand, 800 people.
Spokeswoman Amanda Covington says the positions being cut are not necessary for the efficiency of the department.
She described the transferred employees as technicians or mechanics moved within the department or construction employees who will be trained to also remove snow.
She said, "We'll still remove the same amount of snow, we'll just use different people."
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