Department of Highways, District 10
Highway Department Crews On Call During Nights, Weekends and Holidays

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 17, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
INFORMATION OFFICER,
DISTRICT 10
(606) 666-8841
hb.elkins@ky.gov
http://transportation.ky.gov/d10
 


JACKSON, KY – (Nov. 17, 2005) -- The months of November, December and January are marked by a number of holidays. They are also months in which travel is most often affected by unpredictable weather and related events. Transportation Cabinet employees are prepared to react to emergency situations no matter when they occur -- on holidays, at night or on weekends.

"Our personnel in all 10 counties in District 10 will be ready to act if the need arises," Chief District Engineer Linda Wagner-Justice assures area motorists. "Our crews are on call around the clock and will be ready to respond to inclement winter weather, fallen trees, rockfalls and mudslides, and any other situations that could impede traffic and cause hardship to the traveling public."

"Emergencies don't limit themselves to daytime hours during the week," Wagner-Justice continued. "Things happen at night, on weekends and on holidays. We can't control the weather or when situations will come up, but we will be on top of them and will work to keep our roads in tip-top traveling shape."

Wagner-Justice commended the maintenance personnel in the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe who come out during non-scheduled working hours when the need arises.

"We have excellent crews in our counties and we appreciate the sacrifices they sometimes must make at home to serve the needs of the Commonwealth," the chief district engineer said. "It's not pleasant to have to come out to work in the middle of the night or on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day to run a snowplow, but our workers are always willing to do what it takes to keep our roads safe."

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Installing a snow plow in Wolfe County

Members of the Wolfe County Maintenance crew recently installed a snowplow to prepare for the onset of winter weather. Before winter arrives, the Transportation Cabinet gets ready to keep Kentucky's highways clear and passable by installing and inspecting equipment.