AHTD budget: ice removal supplies and equipment in good shape

AHTD budget: ice removal supplies and equipment in good shape

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department took a big hit last year when the ice storm came through.

Walter McMillan, District 10 Engineer for AHTD, said last year's ice storm completely depleted their salt and chemical supply.

This year has been much different, but they still prepared for a bad winter.

"We have spent about $450-thousand this year on buying salt and chemicals," McMillan said.

While a large amount of money was spent to prepare for the winter, it hasn't affected McMillan's district budget.

"That gives us about a half a million dollars more money to do other things with like buy more asphalt," McMillan said.

McMillan said on top of the salt and chemicals they also were given a better budget for equipment and they helped purchase 14 new snow plows and ten new spreaders for the salt. That equipment hasn't been used much. It has only been needed four times this winter for slight road prepping.

While the newer equipment hasn't been used much, McMillan said it was needed because the older equipment was dated.

"We had snow plows that was 40 years old that we were still using and by being able to replace them you know that means we don't have to spend as much money keeping them up, keeping them running," McMillan said.

McMillan said he appreciates the help from the state, but he is still unsure whether or not that funding will continue into next year. McMillan said he know about next year's budget until this summer.

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