PHOTOS: New York spent second most out of any state through winter

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (MEDIA GENERAL) — The historically harsh winter took a large bite out of road budgets, according to new numbers released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

AASHTO collected data from 23 state departments of transportation.  As could be expected, New England, which experienced record-setting snow fall last winter, paid the most to keep its roads clear. Pennsylvania took the top spot, spending $272 million on winter roads.  The state’s money went toward salt, salt brine and anti-skid chemicals, as well as crews who put in 2.5 million hours to clear the roads.

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Although New York did not disclose how much it spent on road maintenance, estimates by AASHTO put the state in second place, at $271 million.  New York’s DOT reportedly ran through 1.1 million tons of salt and sand, as well as up to 1 million gallons of salt brine.

Massachusetts ranked third, with employees spending 296,000 hours clearing the roads, with the help of 600,000 tons of salt and 1.6 million gallons of liquid de-icer. Ohio and Maryland rounded out the top five. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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