PETERSBURG-AK Alaska’s Department of Transportation says it’s cutting back on its winter road maintenance in southeast towns because of a budget shortfall. In Petersburg, local officials say the decision could have serious impacts and police are warning motorists that road conditions on Mitkof highway and other state roads could be worse than usual this winter. (PLEASE NOTE: In an earlier version of this story, DOT spokesperson Roger Weatherall said that the Department could request supplemental maintenance funding if the winter weather got especially bad. Weatherall says his original statement was incorrect. He says hat the department would have to stay within its budget and would not request additional funding.)
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