Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews clearing snow and ice
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2011) – Salt trucks are out in force across the Commonwealth, with crews in most counties treating or spot treating to clear roadways of snow. Enough snow has fallen to require plowing some highways, including in the Louisville area, northeast Kentucky and a few western Kentucky counties along the Ohio River.
As of about 10 a.m. EST Tuesday, crews reported road-clearing activity in nearly all counties. With continued snow in the forecast, crews expect to be salting and plowing highways throughout the day in many areas.
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.
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.
The cabinet keeps supplied with salt through contracts with vendors from as far as New York, Louisiana and Kansas.
“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.”