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It's Been a Long Winter for DelDOT Crews

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- It has been a long winter for the Delaware Department of Transportation crews responsible for keeping roads clear across the First State.

DelDOT had hundreds of crews out and about for this latest storm. In Kent and New Castle counties, workers were out on the roads beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday and then well into the daylight hours of Thursday.

"I think I'm ready for some baseball weather," said David Leager, shop supervisor at DelDOT's Kent County Maintenance Facility. "As far as the working conditions, I don't mind it. There are times you wish you could be home with your family, like many others are."

Leager's job is to make sure all the plows and trucks are functioning when storms hit.

"We do our best to keep the vehicles in service, so they can plow the roads," he said.

Leager said it has been an usually bad winter.

"Absolutely it has been. I think we've gotten lucky for the past few years," he said.

Gov. Jack Markell said it's important to remember just how much work there is for DelDOT crews to do.

"DelDOT is responsible for 13,731 lane miles. These workers have an extensive and exhausting task," Markell said. "I want to thank them for the tremendous job they have done this season. They are away from their families, and they're dealing with hazardous conditions in order to clear roads."

Leager points to one other thing as the hardest part of all this winter weather work.

"Lack of sleep. Lack of sleep, no doubt," he said.

But he says at least there is free coffee.

DelDOT workers, combined, had put in more than 8,500 hours of overtime prior to this current storm. And the department had spent nearly $10 million on winter storms this season, again, before factoring in this storm.

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