Kentucky highway crews working in most areas of the Commonwealth
Motorists reminded to reduce speed, be alert for highway equipment
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2011) – Highway crews of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) this afternoon are working on roadways in most areas of the Commonwealth.
Activity includes treating or spot treating in the Jackson Purchase and Pennyrile regions of western Kentucky, most counties of the Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Louisville highway districts, and all counties of the Covington district.
Crews have been on standby in the Flemingsburg and Jackson districts and in most counties of the Lexington District. In eastern Kentucky, brine has been applied to roadways in most counties of the Pikeville District to prevent icing.
KYTC crews work as long as necessary to keep roadways open in winter. The cabinet’s vehicle and equipment fleet includes 1,065 snow plows. In addition, the cabinet can call on more than 350 snow-removal contractors.
The cabinet reminds motorists to:
Exercise greater caution when driving. Slow down!
Give a wide berth to snow plows and other heavy highway equipment.
Eliminate distractions while behind the wheel.
Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website, 511.ky.gov.
The cabinet’s SAFE Patrol drivers will work an extended schedule during the current winter storm for the sake of motorists whose vehicles become disabled on Kentucky interstates and parkways. Drivers will begin patrols at 4 a.m. (local times) on Friday, two hours earlier than normal. Shifts end at 11 p.m. (local times). For SAFE Patrol assistance, call 511 or toll-free at 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982.)