FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been an extremely busy winter so far for Kentucky road crews and the numbers back it up.
Halfway through the winter season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it has spent $27 million on snow and ice removal. The costs include labor, equipment, materials and contractors.
The state says it's 2,000 road crew employees have cleared more than 60,000 miles of roads using its fleet of 1,065 snowplows. In addition, the cabinet can call on 382 contracted snowplow trucks to assist with snow and ice removal.
State crews have spread more than 220,000 tons of salt, compared to 85,000 tons at this time last year.
While this winter has experienced more snow and ice events than last year, it has not set a record. During the winter of 2010-2011, Kentucky used more than 450,000 tons of salt and spent nearly $74 million on wintry precipitation.
Though the amount of snow and ice that falls each winter is hard to predict, KYTC's crews are prepared for the second half of the season. More than 150,000 tons of salt remains on hand.
"We stockpile enough salt to get through what we anticipate to be a normal winter," Deputy State Highway Engineer Nancy Albright said. "If we need additional salt, we'll either purchase it from our contracted salt vendors or from other vendors when we can't buy it from our current contract."