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Nearly two months without snow means savings for Kentuckiana road crews

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Kentucky has used 37,000 tons of salt statewide this year, which is five times less than last season. Kentucky has used 37,000 tons of salt statewide this year, which is five times less than last season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Warm, spring-like temperatures -- and nearly two months without snow -- means the weather is saving tax payers money and keeping road crews at work.

The winter of 2013-2014 will not be easy to forget, especially with the bitter temperatures and several inches of snow that buried Kentuckiana.

But so far this season the snow has stayed away. The last time it piled up was November 27th.

"That puts us on a 54-day streak without any measurable snow in the city," said WDRB Chief Meteorologist Marc Weinberg.

"We have seen no measurable snow in the month of December or January yet,” he said. “Now if we finish out the month of January with no snow, this will be the first time since 1931 to 1932 that we've gone without any measurable snow in the month of January and December."

Last season Clark County, Indiana almost ran out of salt. It spent $175,000 on 2,200 tons and used nearly all of it. This year it spent more money but has only used 250 tons.

"It just keeps us from overtime and maintenance on trucks and fuel using it and plus it saves on the salt," said Clark County Highway Department Superintendent Jim Ross.

It's the same story in Kentucky. If any of the salt is left over, that means the state won't have to purchase as much next year meaning more money for road maintenance. Things like fixing potholes, trimming trees and cleaning out ditches.

"We're saving money on equipment, gasoline, making repairs, we're saving money on labor, we're not having to pay overtime to our drivers," said KYTC spokesperson Andrea Clifford.

KYTC's District 5 covers Jefferson County and seven others.

From November 1, 2013 through January 15, 2014, crews in District Five put down 16,098 tons of salt, 63,746 gallons of calcium chloride and 29,076 gallons of brine.

So far this season, during the same time frame, the district has used 3,073 tons of salt, 16,490 gallons of Calcium Chloride and 3,000 gallons of brine.

"Of course we're not completely through the winter yet and knock on wood hopefully we don't get a lot of severe weather over the next few weeks," said Clifford.

Kentucky has used 37,000 tons of salt statewide this year, which is five times less than last season. But things could still change as winter isn't officially over until March 20th.

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