Highway Commissioner Allan Pope announced the change last week.
“Starting the 13th of this month, the Highway Department will be going back on four, 10-hour days due to the rising cost of fuel,” Pope told members of the Sullivan County Commission’s Budget Committee.
“Just in fuel right now, per day, is running $2,541,” Pope said. “And it’s going to go up. Our last drop of diesel fuel was $2.67 per gallon ... and they gave us the old price. So we’re going back to the 10-hour days.”
He estimated the cost savings at $6,000 to $10,000 per day.
“You have to keep in mind, the Sullivan County Highway Department is about a $60 million construction company,” Pope said. “We cover a lot of area. Hopefully, this will save some money.”
Each day the department’s asphalt plant is fired up costs another $500 or so as well, Pope said.
The department has in the past operated on a four-day, 10-hour-per-day work week on a seasonal basis.
Pope said the change in schedule will not effect services provided by the department.
Workers will report for work at 6:30 a.m. under the new schedule and end their day at 5 p.m., Pope said.
“With the time change it’s getting daylight now just after 7 o’clock,” Pope said. “So by the time they punch in and get out, it’s daylight.”