Kentucky highway crews clearing roadways in midst of new storm
Readied equipment and salt supplies ahead of snow
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2011) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) highway crews are clearing roadways across the Commonwealth today.
Activity began first in the Department of Highways’ western districts and has spread to all districts as the storm moved from west to east. By late morning crews in all districts were plowing.
Crews had enough of a break between storms to get equipment ready again and to replenish salt supplies.
“Our maintenance crews keep themselves well-prepared, and as usual, we will work as long as necessary to keep roadways open and as safe as possible,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.
KYTC maintenance crews work around the clock to keep roadways open in winter. When winter storms strike, the cabinet can respond with a fleet of 1,065 snow plows. In addition, the cabinet can call on more than 350 snow-removal contractors.
Motorists are advised 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.