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Snow, ice aren't the only elements keeping Letcher County road crews busy

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Snow and ice aren’t the only elements this winter keeping road crews in Letcher County busy.

“When you have a bad winter like we’ve had, your materials double and triple and your labor triples and it runs into quite a bit of money when winter’s over with,” Deputy County Judge Executive Eddie Meade said.

After the snow and ice melts, crews then shift their focus to mud.

“When it freezes like it has this winter and the roads start thawing, it’s hard getting our roads caught back up, so we’re busy every day,” Assistant Road Foreman Chester Smith said.

Before any snowflakes fall from the sky, crews are already gearing up for the winter storm ahead.

“Wet snow usually grades off and stuff pretty easy, if we can get to it. But if the traffic packs it, it turns into ice and it’s there for a day or two,” Smith added.

A gravel and salt mixture is used to treat all 800 miles of Letcher County roads to help with traction and make the salt supply last.

“You can buy gravel a lot cheaper than you can salt. But we do a mixture, so it helps us out money wise too,” Meade added.

In preparation for another round from Mother Nature.

Crews ask drivers to stay off the roads, so they can’t treat them as quick as possible.

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