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February 3, 2014

Clearing streets is 'snow' joke for city


Somerset —

The City of Somerset trucks cover about 392 streets within the city limits.
Hargis is hopeful there isn’t much polar immersion left for Somerset, which has seen an abnormally snowy January so far, but isn’t counting on being finished with it just yet.
“We’ve been ready for it to be done since December,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s not the way it’s been. They’re calling for some more weather possibly this weekend. But we’ll just deal with it as it comes. We’ve been able to stay on top of it each time, so we don’t anticipate this to be any different.”
As reported in Sunday’s Commonwealth Journal, the county government road department is shipping in salt from New Mexico to help boost a dwindling supply locally, spending about $45,000 to help cover Pulaski’s 1,800 miles of roadways. The county has come close to exhausting the 175 tons of salt it had stored when winter began.
At least they’re getting help from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 8 crews. Amber Hale, the agency’s information officer, said that “everything is going good,” and that, in fact, the season hasn’t been as bad as they expected.
“We were ready for (a bad winter); we talked in the fall about how we were due for a bigger event this year,” she said. “We’ve not got what we thought we were going to get.”
According to Hale, “Somerset didn’t get as much” in Monday’s snowfall as some neighboring counties. “Rockcastle, Casey, and Lincoln Counties, the northern parts, they got a couple of inches.”
Somerset, meanwhile, saw little more than a dusting in most places. That said, weather forecasts call for more winter activity later this week and possibly this weekend, though it’s hard to tell right now exactly how much snow Pulaski County might end up seeing.

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