Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews clearing snow
Drifts, new snow mean work continues Wednesday across much of state
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2011) – New snow and wind-driven drifts meant ongoing efforts Wednesday by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews to clear roadways across most of the Commonwealth.
Crews in several of the 12 Department of Highways districts worked through the night, with fresh crews brought on this morning to continue the snow-clearing efforts. Contractor plows have been out in areas where those efforts are needed as well.
Nearly statewide, crews have been plowing, salting or treating slick spots, or employing a combination of those efforts. An exception is in Kentucky’s westernmost counties, where improving conditions meant snow removal activities were largely complete.
Condition reports on major routes are available at www.511.ky.gov or by dialing 511.
Any new snow, drifts, and cold temperatures can produce slick spots on roadways that were previously cleared. 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.