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Road crews prepare for winter

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

This time last year, snow blanketed the Bluegrass. And the snow plows and road crews were doing their best to keep up.

"We probably run four cycles of salt last year at this time, and that's fourteen thousand dollars per time we go out and spread salt," said Scott County Road Department Director J.R. Brandenburg.

Now, the ten dump trucks and two pickups of the Scott County Road Department are parked, with garages full of salt, ready for the winter weather when it comes.

The garages here at the Scott County Road Department hold 25 hundred tons of salt. In stark contrast to last year, they haven't had to use any of it this year.

But the slow weather season gives the department a chance to work on other, just as important tasks.

"We also cut the roadways back, the bushes grew extremely this year. Then there's always dead trees everywhere on the right-aways that we go out and take down," said Brandenburg.

He says this prevents the limbs from coming down on roadways during ice storms and heavy snow.
And instead of running through fifty thousand dollars of their budget in overtime and salt costs like this time last year, Brandenburg says his crew has actually been able to enjoy some time off.

"We had a very nice Christmas and it looks like New Years is gonna be wonderful. The guys deserve it, so I'm tickled to death."

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