Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews clearing snow from Tuesday storm
Crews have been plowing and treating through much of day; efforts continue
3:30 p.m. EST update
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2011) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews using salt trucks and snow plows have been out in force throughout Tuesday clearing snow from roadways in the Commonwealth.
Plowing, treating and spot-treating efforts continued as needed Tuesday afternoon, with fresh crews taking over for those who had in some cases started their work day in the overnight hours. In some areas contract crews as well were working to clear roads for the evening commuting hours.
Tuesday’s storm produced widespread snow across Kentucky, prompting road-clearing activities in each of the 12 Department of Highways districts.
“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.”
Even as weather conditions improve in some areas, crews will be monitoring roadways and treating with salt as necessary. Motorists should be aware that flurries and falling temperatures in the evening can produce slick spots on roadways that have been previously cleared.
Motorists should always 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.