Department of Highways, District 8
Highway Department Crews On Call During Nights, Weekends and Holidays

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 17, 2005  
Contact Information:  Stephanie Daffron
(606) 677 4017

Somerset, KY – (November 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 8 will be ready to act if the need arises," Branch Manager for Operations, Russell Jones, 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," Bruce Neely, Maintenance Engineer for District 8 said. "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."

Stephanie Daffron, Public Information Officer for District 8, commended the maintenance personnel in the counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, and Wayne 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," Daffron said. "It's not pleasant to have to come out to work in the middle of the night or on Christmas Day to run a snowplow, but our workers are always willing to do what it takes to keep our roads safe."