Snow keeps crews busy

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

We are almost one week into the new year and facing yet another winter storm.

Road crews are hoping there will be enough salt to go around.

On the seventh day of 2011, the salt trucks are making their rounds.

"We've already had the equivalent of last winter already," said Aric Skaggs, Department of Highways Transportation Engineer.

It's a winter that has many hoping this is all a bad dream.

"I just don't know. I hope it isn't as bad as December was," said Chris Spicer, a snow plow driver.

But one thing is different this year at the Perry County Garage. They are running a little low on salt.

"There is somewhat of a salt shortage across the state," said Skaggs.

One truck brought a load of salt to the garage Friday. But this winter has already been one to remember.

"This has been a trying winter. The guys have had to put in a lot of hours, and they've had to work a lot. It's been hard on our equipment and hard on our budget," said Skaggs.

And that's got crews thankful, for a job that will not be going anywhere.

"It's dependable. I know I've got one," said Spicer.

Skaggs said they do have enough salt to make it through the winter, and they can tap into a state salt reserve if that is necessary.

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