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LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) road crews in Louisville and the surrounding counties will be pre-treating hills and bridges today for a light snow that is expected to fall during the overnight hours. Motorists should be alert for slow moving trucks spraying brine throughout the day.
The pre-treatment of "salt-brine" gives KYTC crews a head start on the winter weather. The brine dries on pavement surfaces leaving a thin, powdery layer of salt that will activate when precipitation begins to fall. The salt-water type treatment also keeps snow from bonding to the pavement surface making it easier to plow away as it accumulates.
As the pre-treating work continues today, KYTC District 5 staff will be evaluating an appropriate response level for the evening hours based on changes in the forecast and road surface conditions as the winter precipitation develops.
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. Crews are prepared to work long hours treating area roadways. 157 state and contract trucks are utilized to salt and plow the roadways in these eight counties with 68 of these trucks concentrated on the interstates in Jefferson County. Per an agreement with Louisville Metro government, the Metro Department of Public Works will be clearing snow and ice from all state routes in Jefferson County, excluding interstates.
To view the priority network for snow removal by county, go to http://transportation.ky.gov/Maintenance/Pages/Snow-and-Ice-Priority-Maps.aspx.
The District 5 facilities combined have approximately 34,000 tons of salt, 134,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 88,000 gallons of salt brine on hand to combat snow and ice this winter. District 5 has the equipment to produce more brine in order to replenish supplies.
As KYTC crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also be prepared for driving in snow and ice by following these tips:
Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website at www.511.ky.gov. Road conditions are described in the following manner:
Wet Pavement – The roadway is wet. Ice could form as temperatures drop.
Partly Covered – The roadway is partly covered with snow, slush or ice. Markings may be obscured.
Mostly Covered – The roadway is mostly covered with snow, slush or ice. Roadway markers may be difficult to see because of packed snow and rutting conditions.
Completely Covered – The roadway is completely covered with snow, slush or ice and markings are obscured.
Impassable – Roadway conditions are not suitable for travel unless required by an emergency.