- This year's harsh winter blew up the budget for road maintenance.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation spent more than planned on plowing, salting and other expenses.
The department next week will ask the Legislature to approve spending another 27-million dollars for expenses related to the long winter.
The state contracts with counties to help maintain state highways in addition to county roads.
Bills are still coming in from counties for work plowing and salting roads this winter.
The department expects it will go over its original maintenance budget by about 16-million.
The other 11-million comes from the additional 160-thousand tons of salt purchased in mid-winter.
The money would come from a transportation revenue surplus.
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