Mild winter saves Kentucky $10 million, windfall could go to road repairs
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — Each year, the state of Kentucky has a $27.5 million winter weather budget.
Weather was so bad during the 2010-2011 winter season, the state went into the red trying to handle the white stuff.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Keith Todd reported spending $73 million to treat and clear roads during that time.
While the commonwealth is still crunching the numbers for this past winter, it appears they have spent just $16 million.
Todd said fewer flurries mean some big savings.
"It costs taxpayers about $12,000 an hour for us to get out and do snow and ice removal," he said.
Thanks to snow plows that for the most part sat idle, workers now have extra funds to get busy. He said the additional $10 million will likely be spent on road repairs.
"We still have erosion repairs from all of the flooding last spring," he said.
Across Kentucky, cross drains will be repaired, shoulders will be built up and trouble spots will be fixed in the coming weeks and months.
"We did get very lucky this year," he said.
Todd said additional savings will likely be noticed in August when crews begin to restock items like salt. This year, the state used just 96,650 tons of salt, compared to 501,000 during the 2010-2011 winter.