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February 3, 2014

Clearing streets is 'snow' joke for city


Somerset —

The Transportation Cabinet crews cover about 1,000 miles of roadway in Pulaski County, including on U.S. 27, and 5,200 miles total in the 10-county district they cover.
Since the first snow fall of the season, the Cabinet has used a total of 15,611 tons of salt throughout the ten county district, at an average cost per ton of $65. A single ton will treat eight lane miles, said Hale.
Across Kentucky, the cost of removing snow and ice has hit about $27 million in total, according to information from the Associated Press on Monday. The figure includes labor, equipment, materials and contractors.
According to the AP, the Transportation cabinet says its nearly 2,000 maintenance crew employees have worked to keep more than 60,000 lane miles of roads open this winter, and have spread more than 220,000 tons of salt, compared to 85,000 tons at this time last year during a relatively mild winter. The Cabinet says more than 150,000 tons of salt remain on hand.
“We’ve kept a good supply; we’ve not even gotten low at any point,” said Hale of District 8. “We’ve kept a full amount on hand for each snow event we’ve had. We’ve got more coming in this week, and orders coming in all through the month and most of March.”

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