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snow bill

Snow removal cost tax payers billions

Published söndag 17 april 2011 kl 12.02
Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

The bill for this year’s snow removal has landed on the Transport Administration’s desk and it seem the agency will now have to tighten its belt for the rest of the year.

The record cold and snowy winter ended up costing a quarter of a billion Swedish kronor more than expected and planned road repairs and reconstructions will now have to be postponed.

“It is mainly maintenance of the roads that will have to wait, like paving the roads. But we might also have to postpone maintenance work on bridges,” Per Gustafsson, spokesman for the Transport Administration, told Swedish Radio News.

But it is not just the Transport Administration that will have to cut down on costs. The municipalities are also responsible for clearing the roads and the total cost for this year’s winter is estimated to at least $605 million.

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