With relentless winter weather pushing trucks to their limits and sucking up salt supplies, Bourbon County Road Supervisor Don Menke is eager to see the first sign of spring. "I'm ready for robins" he says.
It's a feeling many have, especially in Bourbon County where salt is running low. "If we had plenty of salt, I would probably use 65 to 68 tons of salt, now I have to be creative, and I have to use 35 tons of salt and 35 tons of rock, and we mix that up with the loader before we put it in the truck, 35 and it just doesn't come off as good. It gives you a little traction. It works, but it takes a little more time" says Menke.
The salt shortage isn't the only problem the county has had. Menke says four trucks have also broken down with transmission trouble. "This has been really terrible on our trucks due to the fact of cold weather, continually, continually driving, we're bursting a lot of tires."
Whether it's the equipment or the people operating it, snow fatigue is exhausting just about everyone, and it isn't even February yet. That makes the dwindling salt supply an ongoing threat. Menke says he's doing what he can. "We're just calling companies and begging and paying a higher price. That's just the way it is."