- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

GREER, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say nearly $400,000 worth of snow fencing has been stolen from the Arizona Department of Transportation in the White Mountains near Greer.

ADOT officials say it will cost taxpayers and potentially make it more difficult to keep State Route 273 near Sunrise ski resort open during blizzard-like conditions this winter.

They say more than 100 snow fence panels were stolen west of Springerville and the turnoff to the Sunrise ski area in the Apache County/White Mountains region.

The fences are designed to prevent snow from drifting across the highway.

The large panels are approximately 16 feet wide and 12 feet high and are made of mostly of aluminum.

They help keep the roadway from being closed due to deep snow drifting.

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