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Kentucky has nearly 80,000 miles of roadway, over 14,000 bridges, and over 2,500 miles of railway, critical infrastructure for maintaining the state's economic vitality and well-being. Yet weather and climate are common impediments impacting transportation; severe winds, heavy rainfall, snow and ice, and fog can cause major travel problems. Long-term climatic changes, such as increased rainfall and higher temperatures, can shorten pavement life and undermine bridge supports. More appropriate roadway design, pavement materials, and salting operations, carefully determined utilizing local climate information, can save millions of dollars annually in operations and maintenance costs. More accurate, more local weather and climate data are key to safer roads and highways across the Commonwealth.

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