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State crews treating roads

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

 LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 road crews are salting highways in Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham and Trimble counties as isolated bursts of snow are falling in the area.  Slick road conditions are being reported, so motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and be alert.

Road crews in the other District 5 counties are monitoring weather, pavement temperatures and road conditions.  They will salt routes as necessary.

Snow is forecasted through the early evening hours with the heaviest precipitation occurring during rush hour.  Contract crews will be reporting for duty at 2 p.m. to help treat roadways during the evening commute.  Drivers should give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.

Road crews will salt roadways through the evening and overnight hours as temperatures are forecasted to drop below freezing after midnight and some precipitation is possible.

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.