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      Snow tab: SCDOT reports almost $3 million

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The four-day ice and snow storm that whipped through South Carolina this month dented the state's transportaton budget to the tune of at least $2.7 million and will pull money from the fund used to fix roads and bridges.

      Department of Transportation spokesman Pete Poore said last week the figure is just the starting point, since many costs have yet to be tallied. He said coming days will bring the final cost.

      The $2.7 million cost includes $1.2 million for labor, $1.1 million for supplies like salt and sand and $388,000 for fuel, parts and equipment used in the operation.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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