Higher snow removal costs have forced state to cut back on some maintenance activities
State Transportation officials say snow removal costs were up in Kentucky this winter, leaving less money for other road projects involving maintenance. The state spent 75 million to clear snow and ice this winter compared to 42 million in 2013 and only 28 million in 2012. Officials said the state has been forced to cut back on several other projects including tree and bush removal, lighting and signal improvements, and the machine-patching of potholes. Snow and ice removal costs were still not as high as 2011, when the state spent nearly 77 million to clear Kentucky highways.