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Garden State Parkway’s Snow Removal Needs Boost

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(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — More money is needed to keep the Garden State Parkway clear of snow and ice this winter.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Wednesday was expected to authorize an extra $4 million for snow removal on the toll road.

Officials say major storms depleted the $3.91 million the parkway had for snow plow contracts at the start of the 2010-2011 season.

The amount was increased by $587,000 this month.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney told The Star-Ledger of Newark that increase has also been exhausted and the maintenance department needs more money.

The parkway has had 16 snow events since November.

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