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Highway Department changes priorities due to weather

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—The mild weather is good news for the La Crosse County Highway Department.

Since crews aren't out putting salt on the roads like they are usually this time of year the county is saving.

It's saving on overtime and on the cost of salt.

There is usually a carry over of salt from year to year, but since last winter was mild too, they had plenty of salt left over so they were able to completely fill reserve sheds so they didn't have to spend money on it this fall.

Crews have been working ahead to help with the 2013 work load.

They've been able to work on projects like restoring shoulders, cutting back brush and filling in cracks.

"If the winter is very a fluctuating situation where we have a lot of freeze thaw that's very hard on roads so while we may get a jump on doing some maintenance now we may have more coming into the spring," Ron Chamberlain, La Crosse County Highway Commissioner said.

The good news is even if we get hit with a lot of snow after the first of the year maintenance will already be done so the highway department won't have to add to their back logged work.

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