Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews clearing snow from Tuesday storm
Crews expect to be plowing and treating through much of day
11:45 EST update
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2011) – Salt trucks equipped with snow plows are out in force across the Commonwealth to clear roadways of snow that is widespread across Kentucky.
In areas where the snow was expected to arrive first, many of the crews reported in at midnight or in the early morning hours as local highway districts monitored the storm’s approach. By midday, plowing and treating activity was reported across much of the northern half of the state. Treating or spot treating was underway in nearly every county in the rest of the state.
With continued snow in the forecast, crews expect to be salting and plowing highways throughout the day in many areas. The cabinet keeps supplied with salt through contracts with vendors from as far as New York, Louisiana and Kansas.
Motorists should use extra caution when driving in winter weather. Allow plenty of room for snow plows and other equipment. Remember that bridges and overpasses typically freeze before surface-level roadways.
Condition reports on major routes are available at www.511.ky.gov or by dialing 511.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has responsibility for clearing about 27,000 miles of roadways, including more than 1,400 interstate and parkway miles. The cabinet’s vehicle and equipment fleet includes 1,065 snow plows. In addition, the cabinet contracts with 361 private plow operators.
“Safety on our roadways is our top priority,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “Our crews work as long as necessary to keep our roadways cleared of snow and ice.”