Expenses adding up as road crews battle winter weather

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A high cost for safety. Snow continues to cause problems and it has not only been a busy winter for road crews, but also an expensive one.

Statewide the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has spent more than $27 million on snow and ice. About $1.4 million of that has been spent in District 12..that is a number that district officials say they are pleased with considering the continuous winter weather.

Sara George says, "We've worked more hours and used more materials this winter than we have in any other in recent memory."

Using just five percent of the state's total, District 12 officials say it shows their efforts to work efficiently.

George says, "We've been able to do a good job of keeping our roads safe, without squandering our resources."

As the dollar amounts add up from things like hours worked and the cost rock salt and calcium chloride...officials say the numbers do not scare them.

George explains, "It is always over budgeted, because regardless of how much or how little we have to spend on snow and ice...it is a necessity, it has to be done! This doesn't really take anything away at all from any of our other programs."

Only at about the half way point of their snow and ice season, officials say they know the numbers will increase...potentially to record highs.

District 12 officials say while some areas of the state have expressed concern with shortage in materials, they are fully prepared for whatever the rest of winter has in store.

These numbers were calculated through January 29th.

District 12 includes Lawrence, Johnson, Martin, Floyd, Knott, Pike, and Letcher counties.

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