- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has purchased 15 new snow plows and beefed up staffing as it prepares for winter.

The state transportation department says it now has 142 plow trucks in its fleet with plans for more expansion by 2019.

The state has also purchased five new trucks with equipment for washing salt off of roads and bridges to prevent corrosion.

The department added 40 workers last year and 20 this year.

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