Officials say nearly half of funds for highway snow removal have been used

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 09, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – Snowstorms have hit Utah this week, and state officials said nearly half of the funds allocated to clear Utah’s highways of heavy snow for the year have been used.

Utah Department of Transportation officials said storms like the recent ones typically incur more costs because the trucks must do prep work before the storm as well as work to clear it after.

Ken Syme is with the Murray office of UDOT, and he said when the trucks are running around the clock, the cost goes up.

“Snow removal is tough on equipment, and the traveling public, the taxpayers if you will, they always see the trucks out working on the freeway but they never see behind the scenes of all our mechanics that work long, hard hours keeping these trucks [working], because they get banged up,” he said.

UDOT plows will be out in full force Thursday night and into Friday morning to prepare for Friday morning’s commute. They ask drivers to be patient, slow down and use caution.

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