LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 maintenance crews will remain on duty this evening to treat roads during the next winter weather event.
Freezing rain is predicted to fall late this afternoon into the evening hours. Contract trucks will also be utilized this afternoon to help treat roads during rush hour.
Salt residue remains on area roadways following treatment Monday’s snowfall. This residue is the same as pretreatment with brine and should prevent initial precipitation from bonding with the pavement prior to salt trucks covering all of their routes.
The eight counties of District 5 have used approximately 30,000 tons of salt for snow removal so far this winter. State crews have spent the day hauling salt from reserves to some of the maintenance facilities that were getting low on supplies. Plenty of de-icing materials are available for snow and ice removal with 13,000 tons of salt and 73,000 gallons of calcium chloride on hand. Another 20,000 tons of salt is scheduled for delivery this week.
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. 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.
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.