Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews battle new snow, drifts
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2011) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews continue efforts to clear roadways of snow from a storm that affected the Commonwealth for a second day Wednesday.
Plowing, treating and spot-treating efforts continue as needed. Crews in several of the 12 Department of Highways districts worked through the night battling new snow in some areas and wind-driven drifts in others. In areas where needed, fresh crews were brought on this morning.
Because of earlier snow removal efforts and improving weather, work has been largely completed in far western Kentucky. But new snow falling farther east has kept those crews hard at work. Contractor plows are out in areas where those efforts are needed as well.
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.