Department of Highways, District 10
State highway crews are ready for approaching snowstorm
JACKSON, KY (Dec. 8, 2005) – As the first winter storm of the season bears down on the Bluegrass State, crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways District 10 are ready to spring into action when the snowflakes start flying.
“This is the time when our weeks of planning and equipment preparation pay off,” said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the 10-county district. “We are confident that our excellent crews in each county will rise to the challenge of keeping our district’s highways as clear as possible once the snow starts accumulating.”
Crews were out in each county yesterday, pre-treating major highways and dangerous sections such as hills, curves and bridges on less-traveled roads with a brine solution that reduces the adhesion of snow and ice to the pavement. This allows snowplows to more easily push the initial accumulation off the traveled portion of the roadway.
“Getting a head start on the snow is vital in terms of keeping ahead of the storm,” said Tony Bowling, who oversees maintenance operations for District 10. The more snow we can get off the road on our first pass, the faster the salt will start to work to melt any accumulation that follows.”
Once the snow begins sticking, crews in each county will begin plowing and salting and will remain at work until highways are clear. They will report road conditions across the district to the district headquarters in Jackson, where on-duty personnel will relay that information to the state’s Traffic Operations Center, the 511 road condition information service, and area media outlets.
“The Transportation Cabinet has adopted uniform terminology to use in describing road conditions across Kentucky,” said H.B. Elkins, public information officer for District 10. “This will allow everyone to be on the same page when communicating travelers’ updates, and will ensure that motorists know exactly what to expect should they need to venture out onto the highways in a winter storm situation.”
The key to the successful removal of snow and ice from the district’s highways is the dedication of the crews who drive the snowplows and salt trucks, Wagner-Justice said.
“We have a talented and dedicated group of employees who are committed to keep our roads as safe as possible,” Wagner-Justice said. “We know they work long, hard hours during winter weather and we appreciate their efforts and the sacrifices they make for the safety of the traveling public.”
Motorists are urged to stay home if possible during snowy and icy weather. Those who must travel are urged to drive safely. They should “Drive Smart” by slowing down; reducing following distance; not making any sudden moves such as acceleration, stopping or turning; being on the lookout for snowplows; and remembering to wear their seat belts.
Updates on road conditions statewide are available by calling 511 from any landline or cellular telephone, or by visiting the 511 Traffic and Travel Information Web site at http://511.ky.gov. County-by-county maps of snow and ice removal priorities can be found at http://transportation.ky.gov/Maintenance/Snow_Ice.htm.
District 10 consists of the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe.