Transportation budget

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Department of Transportation officials now predict 15% mid-year cutbacks would require closure of all rest areas and nearly all motor vehicle offices. Other potential effects-- limiting highway maintenance to emergencies only, less snowplowing in the high country, and reduced operations at Grand Canyon Airport and Arizona highways magazine.

We told you last month about plans by a national insurance company to pay the city of Tucson for a day's worth of pot hole repair. It will happen Thursday morning  downtown. The Hartford will pay the city $3,000 to put signs on the side of trucks for a day.