Roads in good shape, but clean up costs pile up

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain made for sloppy and sometimes challenging road conditions across Rhode Island yesterday. State Police Lieutenant Kevin Hawkins says troopers responded to 43 accidents but road conditions are looking better today.

"I travelled throughout the whole state last evening," Hawkins says. "The roads were in pretty good shape. There was still a little puddling but DOT did a good job clearing the storm drains and we just ask people to use caution."

Meanwhile, state transportation officials say the cost of cleaning up roads this winter is piling up. Officials say last week's storm cost more than 2.6 million dollars of the state's roughly 9.6 million dollar cleanup budget. But they say money will be appropriated from elsewhere if the budget is exceeded.

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