Crews Across Tri-State Prepare for Weekend Storm

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews across the tri-state are preparing for a weekend snow storm.

West Virginia
Crews in West Virginia are still out clearing secondary roads from Wednesday's snow and likely won't get a break between that storm and the upcoming one.

Through Wednesday, the state has used 89% of its budget for snow removal. The remaining budget will need to last through March.

Across the state, about 270,000 tons of salt has been used.

District 9 Ohio: Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto
In Ohio, 110 crews will be working 12 hour shifts to keep roads clear in the five counties that make up the district. The district covers nearly 3,700 miles of road.

So far in the district this winter, 42,000 tons of salt have been used. That's up from a typical year, which they use approximately 22,000 tons of salt.

This season, the crews have put in 55,000 hours of labor to keep the roads clean.

Costs of materials, labor and equipment are at $5.1 million, which is up from the average annual cost of $3.5 million.

District 10 Ohio: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton, Washington
In District 10, there are 120 plows on standby for the upcoming storm.

So far they have used 47,000 tons of salt and still have 6,000 tons remaining in stock. The crews in this district use a combination of 50% salt and 50% sand on the roads.

In a typical winter in District 10, they use about 5,000 tons of salt.

District 9 Kentucky: Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Rowan
As of noon Friday, Interstate 64 and US 23 have been pre-treated with brine that will hopefully prevent snow and ice from sticking to the roads once it starts falling.

All 79 plows in the district are on standby and crews are working 12 hour shifts to make sure the roads remain clear.

Kentucky transportation officials say across the state, 350,000 tons of salt has been used this winter. They say that is slightly above average.

All districts across the state are looking to conserve salt. At this time, there are no salt shortages.

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