Road and Bridge Department sees certain costs increase

The Lyon County Road and Bridge Department is counting pennies after a rather rugged winter.


County Engineer Chip Woods presented the 2013 and 2014 year-to-date expense comparison to county commissioners Thursday. He tells KVOE News several line items are up noticeably from last year, even with two major snowfalls in February 2013.

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So far, the overage is around $30,000 this year just for repairs and supplies after wave upon wave of cold air and several snow events. Woods says he may have to limit rock or asphalt purchases later this year, depending on the weather, and he may have to republish the department budgets as well.  

On a brighter note, the Road and Bridge Department received a nearly $130,000 reimbursement check from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after floods damaged a lot of county roads south of Emporia last summer. Woods says county crews finished repairs to the affected roads before New Year's Day, just in time to start work on winter repairs.

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