Lawmakers Call For Bare Roads

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A group of Republican state lawmakers says Vermont should adopt a "bare roads" policy to completely clear snow and ice from the state’s roadways.

House Minority Leader Don Turner made the call as the fire department in his home town of Milton responded to three car crashes Tuesday night on Interstate 89.

Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says the administration of new Gov. Peter Shumlin will look at plowing practices. But she tells the Burlington Free Press a bare-roads policy would require a doubling of the state’s plowing force at a cost of $55 million initially and $35 million a year thereafter.

The state’s policy for storm cleanup is safe-roads-at-safe-speeds standard, set in 1981.

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