Caddo parish crews shorten work week to save fuel

By Fred Childers - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA  (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish Public Works Department, which takes care of parish roads has decided to lengthen it's work days and shorten the work week from five days to four. "I think everybody would love to have a three day weekend," said Director of Fleet Services, Todd Hopkins. And while that helps morale, it also saves fuel by keeping equipment still. "When you extend a day from 8 even though it's just 10, you're able to not have to move your equipment so much, you can get more done in a single day," says Hopkins.
    Having just completed the 2nd week of the four day work week it's hard to tell exactly what the savings will be, but it looks promising. The first week Caddo parish saved 1,130 gallons of fuel, that's a 5000 dollar savings.  "I would imagine a lot of departments would like to do this, but we want to make sure we don't forgo any services," says Hopkins. Which is why one crew has Friday off, and another has Monday off, so there's always a crew covering the parish roads.  That's a schedule that has been implemented in the past to keep workers from being exposed to five days of exhaustive heat, and now it's for gas. "We can't control the price of gas ," says Hopkins. But they can control how much they use.