Snow, ice removal hits $27 million in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet has spent $27 million on snow and ice removal this season, with plenty of winter still left.

The figure reflects a variety of costs, including for labor, equipment, materials and contractors.

The cabinet says its nearly 2,000 maintenance crew employees have worked to keep more than 60,000 lane miles of roads open this winter. The agency says its crews have spread more than 220,000 tons of salt, compared to 85,000 tons at this time last year during a relatively mild winter.

This season, crews have already dealt with plenty of snow and ice.

The cabinet says more than 150,000 tons of salt remain on hand.

During the winter of 2010-2011, Kentucky used more than 450,000 tons of salt and spent nearly $74 million to combat wintry precipitation.

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