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ADOT pledges to plow roads during storm

Despite a $100 million deficit, the Arizona Department of Transportation vows to keep roads in northern Arizona plowed and safe during a winter storm that is expected to hit Arizona this week.

ADOT road crews plan to be out in force plowing at the same pace as last year.

ADOT said the budget deficit, created by $500 million in diverted transportation funds and declining revenue, has hit a variety of services like highway maintenance, which includes snowplowing.

A state hiring freeze has left ADOT with too few qualified snowplow drivers and a depleted budget has left no money to replace snowplows.

ADOT’s response to individual storm events will vary based upon the severity of the storm and the availability of people and equipment to respond.

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