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Winter taking a toll on Bell County Road Department

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
Bell County leaders say they have used double the amount of salt they used all of last winter.

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The snow and ice this winter is taking a toll on the Bell County Road Department.

Officials say they have used twice as much salt this year than last year and winter is not over.

"It's been one of the roughest winters, one of the coldest winters," said Kevin Barnett, Bell County Assistant Road Supervisor

Snow almost every week combined with below normal temperatures has caused several problems.

"We've used a lot more salt than we normally do," said Barnett.

Bell County leaders say they have used double the amount of salt they used all of last winter. Road crews have also worked double the amount of overtime than they did last year.

"We're experiencing an economically stressful winter as well," Albey Brock, Bell County Judge-Executive

Brock says salt costs the county $100 per ton and they use 80 tons per snow and ice event, which adds up to eight thousand dollars each time the salt trucks are out.

"We're tired. We're ready for winter to stop," said Brock.

Road crews say they are prepared for the rest of winter. Crews say they have re-stocked the salt and have plenty to get through the rest of the season.

Brock says they finished last winter with a budget surplus for salt, and they are using that money this year for the road budget.

"That's one of primary jobs in local government is to keep public safe. Last year we had a great winter, we had a surplus, this year, we're eating that surplus up," said Brock.

They say it is money well spent to keep the roads clear.


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