CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Drivers and cash-strapped road departments across West Virginiaand Virginia are facing a new challenge: an obstacle coursepotholes.
Melting snow and ice from a series of winter storms that buriedparts of both states are revealing thousands of potholes.
And the repair costs couldn't come at a worse time.
West Virginia has already spent nearly $3 million more than the$54 million it budgeted this year for snow clearing. Virginia,meanwhile, dipped into reserves after exhausting its $79 millionbudget, but still has about $28 million for asphalt and concretepatching.
Both states plan aggressive pothole repairs once the weathercooperates.
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