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KYTC crews in Louisville area ready for winter storm

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

 LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) road crews will report to work on Friday morning ready to treat roads as a winter storm is predicted for western and central Kentucky.

A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet is forecast for midday on Friday in the Louisville area and will transition to snow by early evening requiring KYTC snowfighters to work long shifts clearing roadways.

Maintenance staff have been monitoring the forecast, checking equipment and making any needed repairs. Due to the rain on Thursday and predicted to continue through early Friday morning, they have not be able to pretreat routes with brine.

As precipitation will likely fall for several hours, roads that have been salted and plowed may get covered again with snow. Crews are prepared to work through the overnight hours to keep roads in the best possible condition during winter weather.

Motorists should be mindful of the potential for slick spots on the roadway as temperatures drop tomorrow and rain changes over to sleet or freezing rain. Drivers should reduce their speed and increase their follow distance. Impacts to the Friday evening rush hour is expected.

Currently, the KYTC District 5 facilities combined have approximately 34,000 tons of salt and 139,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride on hand.

Snow removal is based on a priority route system tied to level of traffic and critical needs served by each highway. District 5 personnel have the responsibility for clearing more than 3,500 single lane miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Bullitt, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.  162 state and contract trucks are utilized to salt and plow the roadways in these eight counties with 65 of these trucks concentrated on the interstates in Jefferson County.

Per an ongoing agreement with Louisville Metro government, the Metro Department of Public Works will treat and clear state roads other than interstate highways---about 400 miles of roads—in Louisville.

KYTC’s snow and ice information website, snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal.

KYTC encourages motorists to prepare for winter and remain safe by following these tips:

-    Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level.
-    Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road.
-    Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment.
-    Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
-    Allow time for a slower commute.
-    Winterize vehicles.
-    Stock vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit.
-    Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel.
-    Eliminate distractions (e.g. using phone and eating) while driving.
-    Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash.