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Winter storm adds to city, state budget overruns

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A man involved in a car accident caused by slick road conditions Monday afternoon was hit by a second vehicle that slid into him after he got out of his car, according to police. A man involved in a car accident caused by slick road conditions Monday afternoon was hit by a second vehicle that slid into him after he got out of his car, according to police.
A truck carrying Miller Lite beer went into the median on I-65 near Elizabethtown. A truck carrying Miller Lite beer went into the median on I-65 near Elizabethtown.
City and state road crews plowed and salted main roads in Metro Louisville and the interstate highways during Monday's storm. City and state road crews plowed and salted main roads in Metro Louisville and the interstate highways during Monday's storm.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Snow removal efforts, which likely prevented more accidents like the one that injured a pedestrian on an Interstate 65 ramp early Monday, added to cost overruns for city and state road budgets.

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Metro Louisville was already $1 million over its yearly budget for snow removal and salt -- and that was before Monday morning's winter storm. Work will continue despite the city having exceeded its $1.4 million budget.

"We can just make it up by reducing costs in other areas," said Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer. "Revenues are up a bit, so that also helps."

Poynter didn't say how the city would cut costs in other areas, but Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials indicated they would look to spring pothole patching for savings.

For example, crews might fill potholes by hand instead of using a machine, said Ryan Watts, a spokesman for the Transportation Cabinet. Administrators will shift money around from other projects to fill in the budget gap, he said.

As of last week, the Cabinet had spent about $53 million on snow removal, or about $23 million above its yearly budget.

City and state road crews plowed and salted main roads in Metro Louisville and the interstate highways during Monday's storm.

Metro Police called in extra salt trucks to the I-264 westbound ramp from I-65 northbound after at least three vehicles slid off the road around 1:15 p.m.

The first driver slipped off the ramp around, got out of his vehicle, and walked along the road before another car slid and hit him.

Emergency crews took the man to University of Louisville Hospital. His name nor condition was known.

Monday morning, a truck carrying Miller Lite beer went into the median on I-65 near Elizabethtown. Several semi truck drivers had trouble navigating a hill and either slid off the road or jackknifed, Kentucky State Police troopers said.

There were no injuries, troopers said.

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