Department of Highways, District 10
Motorists urged to use caution while snowplows are working

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
INFORMATION OFFICER,
DISTRICT 10
(606) 666-8841
hb.elkins@ky.gov
http://transportation.ky.gov/d10
 


JACKSON, KY. – (Feb. 10, 2006) -- Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are prepared to clear a path through snow and ice should an anticipated winter weather event materialize this weekend.

Crews have pretreated danger spots throughout the 10 counties in District 10 with a brine solution that inhibits the ability of snow and ice to bond with the pavement. This makes it easier for snowplows to push away accumulations of winter precipitation. Anti-icing trucks began operation yesterday to be ready for the storm and have continued their work today.

Once the snow starts falling and begins accumulating, crews will be out in force to plow and salt highways to make travel as safe as possible for Kentucky drivers. These crews concentrate on Priority A routes first before moving to Priority B and C highways. Priority A highways are the major through routes in each county and generally are the most heavily traveled roads.

On some four-lane highways, trucks will work in tandem to clear the road. The lead truck plows and salts the left lane, moving the snow into the right lane. The second truck pushes the snow out of the right lane onto the shoulder.

In these situations, motorists are advised to be alert to the possibility of encountering slow-moving snow removal equipment and are urged to "Drive Smart" and use caution. They should not pass snowplows working in tandem for safety reasons. The first truck is pushing snow into the right lane of traffic, and drivers who pass the trailing truck on the left and then move back into the right lane will encounter this additional snow that has been moved from the left lane into the right lane. This creates a safety hazard not only for passenger vehicles but also for the snowplows.

Motorists are asked to reduce speed and show patience if they must drive in winter weather. By slowing down and being patient, they will allow snow removal equipment to do its work. This will result in safer driving for themselves as well as the snow removal equipment operators.

Travel information is available from Kentucky's 511 service, either by calling 511 from any touch-tone telephone or on the Internet at http://511.ky.gov.

District 10 consists of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties in east-central and southeastern Kentucky.

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