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Harsh Winter Conditions Causing Equipment To Break

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - This winter's brutal winter is taking a toll on road commission equipment and forcing mechanics to work a lot of overtime to fix old, worn out trucks.

"Every time we call in all the drivers, we have to call in the mechanics because something is going to break," said Robert Griffins, the assistant managing director for the Jackson County Road Commission. Griffins said the weather this year infinitely took out one truck and sent three others to local shops.

In house, a team of mechanics keep busy repairing the rest of the fleet because the old machines can't keep up with this winter's cold weather, strong winds and more than four feet of snow.

"There are some that are here that are '05 and newer, but there are a lot of [trucks] that are '94, '95, some even older than that. They're well past their prime, but we're patching them together as best as we can to try to keep trucks on the road and keep the roads cleared," said Griffins.

Compared to typical winters, the Jackson County Road Commission said they're already 30 percent deeper into the budget. If snow continues to fall, they'll need to dip into their summer budget.

The City of Lansing faces similar equipment issues. "The biggest problem that any piece of snow plow equipment has is the blade," said Paul Dykema, the assistant superintendent of the City of Lansing's public service department. "Keeping the blade in good repair really makes a big difference in how good of a job you can do to get the snow off the road."

Officials said equipment used to clear sidewalks is taking the hardest hit, seeing about three times the use of normal winters because of this year's snowfall and snow drifts.

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