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Road workers not relying on salt alone to treat the roads

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

As the Bluegrass prepares for a blast of winter weather, road supervisors in many counties are already having to order tons and tons of extra salt, but they've got plans for ice as well.

For 19 years Don Menke, has been road supervisor in Bourbon County.

He says he's never seen winter weather arrive this early in this volume before.

Menke says, "This time last year, I used 30 tons of salt."

By December 15th, the county has used 140 tons of salt, and order 150 additional tons.

The annual snow removal budget for Bourbon County is $35,000. He says he's buying salt for $68 a ton. Menke knows they can't keep going at this pace and make it through the winter at this pace.

Luckily he says he'll be able to save some salt if the snow mixes with ice.

That's because he says he has a mixture of his own, rocks from a quarry in Boonesboro.

He says the mixture of salt and rocks adds traction for drivers on ice.

Menke says there is an advantage to having prolonged temperatures below zero, the snow hasn't melted and hasn't washed away the salt already on the road.

Which hopefully means they can keep more salt in the barn.

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