Long, merciless winter takes heavy toll on nation's pipes, pavement and road-repair budgets

  • by: DON BABWIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 12, 2014 - 5:48 PM

CHICAGO — This merciless winter is taking a heavy toll on the nation's pipes and pavement, breaking hundreds of water mains that turn streets into frozen rivers and opening potholes so big they snap tire rims and wheel axles like Popsicle sticks.

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