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Ice, snow affecting commercial transportation for trucking companies and rail

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Specialized rail plows clear the way to keep trains on track. Specialized rail plows clear the way to keep trains on track.
Jon-Paul Groves Jon-Paul Groves
Hill Transportation has more than 50 semi trucks in its fleet. Hill Transportation has more than 50 semi trucks in its fleet.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Consistent weather delays for commercial transportation, sometimes for days, means shoppers may have to pay.

A major railway and trucking company are adjusting to this latest blast of ice and snow, again.

"This is probably the worst winter we've seen so far. We haven't had a full week this year where we've been able to run at capacity," Hill Transportation's Jon-Paul Groves said.

Hill Transportation has more than 50 semi trucks in its fleet. The company travels within 300 miles any given day from its Shepherdsville headquarters.

"Eventually, if we keep having this kind of weather, you're going to have people that are going to have to do expedited freight so you're going to see an increase in costs for everyone," Groves said.

The problems aren't just on the pavement. Norfolk Southern is still reeling from a round of sleet.

"This latest round of snow is creating delays and service from the Midwest to the Northeast between 24 to 48 hours," Norfolk Southern's Robin Chapman said.

Specialized rail plows clear the way to keep trains on track. There's no need for product to melt the ice there - friction from the rail takes care of that, according to Chapman.

With two-day delays for every aspect of the transportation sector - some companies worry about the cost of business this winter.

"We've had a lot of road closures, especially up in Indiana - it really cuts down on how many miles they can get and what our efficiency can be. We weren't able to move that freight so it really backed us up and made a log jam of available freight for us." Groves said.

Norfolk Southern posted a message on its website and list of resources for customers. Click here to connect with Norfolk Southern.

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