KDOT: Winter Storm Costs Estimated At $6.2 Million

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March 6, 2013

The Kansas Department of Transportation said recent winter storms cost the state $6.2 million. KDOT released a report on storm cleanup today.

The storms dumped up to two feet of snow on the state over a week-long period beginning Feb. 20. Because the storms, named Q and Rocky, came on the heels of one another, crews got little or no rest between cleanup from one storm and preparation for the next.

About 1,200 KDOT employees logged some 80,000 hours in trucks, in offices in support of the crews and in communicating with the public with almost all working 12-hour or longer shifts for many consecutive days. During the storm there were 74,000 calls to the 511 traveler information phone line and 9 million page views on the KDOT website.

Kansas Department of Transportation snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 lane miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.

Winter Storms By The Numbers

575 – Approximate number of KDOT trucks used to clear roads

879,000 – Lane miles pretreated and plowed (The Kansas highway system has approximately 25,000 lane miles.)

80,000 – Hours logged by about 1,200 KDOT employees

16,400 – Tons of salt used

37,000 – Tons of salt/sand mix

1.2 million – Gallons of brine

$6.2 million – Estimated cost of both storms

$2.25 – Approximate cost of both storms per registered Kansas vehicle

73,993 – Calls to 511 travel information

8,716 – Subscribers to “My Kansas 511” who received personalized road information

17,376 – Number of times road conditions viewed on mobile devices at 511.ksdot.org

9 million – Page views on the KDOT website

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