Road Crews Keeping Up With Winter Weather
Snow and sleet have left the Bluegrass for now but roads could still be slick, especially throughout neighborhoods.
Road crews say unlike two weeks ago, the hard pack of ice isn’t under the snow but they say this winter has kept them busy.
“It’s been busier than the last two for sure,” said Rob Allen with Streets and Roads about this winter. “We’ve had more of our share of significant snow this year.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said it’s spent $27 million dollars on snow and ice removal so far this winter season. That amount includes worker pay, equipment, salt and calcium chloride materials and any extra contractors brought in to help road crews.
“Any expenses that we’ve accounted for removing the snow from the roadway,’ said Nancy Albright, Department of State Highway Engineer for Operations and Maintenance
It sets aside $30 million dollars for additional expenses. Albright said it’s already used about half those funds and has $12 million dollars left.
“It kind of depends on what the rest of February and March hold as to whether or not we’ll spend the entire amount,” said Albright.
That amount doesn’t include the most recent storm as figures are still coming in.
No word on what happens if the additional funds are used up.
State road crews said they’ve already put down 220,000 tons of salt. This time last year, only 85,000 tons of salt had been put down.
Crews will be out again Monday night and Tuesday morning trying to avoid an overnight refreeze. They said they will be focusing on neighborhood streets and school bus routes.
“Seems to be a time as it’s changing from rain to the sleet mix was especially dangerous time for everybody,” said Albright.
Not all wrecks Monday were because of slick roads. Police say a car’s window fogged up and the driver didn’t see a semi-truck.
The car yielded to the yellow turn arrow but thought the truck had cleared when it started turning and t-boned the semi-truck in the back tire, according to police.
Police and road crews remind all drivers to be patient on the roads.