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Transportation Cabinet road conditions update

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Motorists reminded of winter weather driving tips

By The Staff

As snow continues to fall across the Louisville area, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews in District 5 are busy treating the roads with salt and in some areas even plowing.

Road conditions vary across the district from partly covered to mostly covered.

Motorists should use caution and slow down as roadways will remain slick due to continued precipitation and extremely cold temperatures. State and contract forces will work around the clock to clear highways.

Current conditions for Buliitt County are as follows:

WEATHER - light snow

SNOW DEPTH - 1-2 inches

ROAD CONDITION - partly covered

AIR TEMP. - 25 degrees

ACTIVITY - salting

Road conditions are described as follows:

Wet pavement ee" Ice could form as temperatures drop.

Partly covered ee" Markings may be obscured by snow, slush or ice.

Mostly covered by snow, slush or ice.

Completely covered by snow, slush or ice.

Impassable ee" Conditions unsuitable for all but emergency travel.

The Kentucky SAFE Patrol ee" Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies ee" operates seven days a week on Kentucky interstates and parkways. SAFE Patrol drivers are equipped with blankets, shovels, reflective cones, auto fluids and other equipment to get motorists back on the road safely. Motorists can request SAFE Patrol by calling 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).

For up-to-date traffic and travel information, inside Kentucky dial 511 and outside Kentucky call toll free at 1-866-737-3767. Information can also be obtained by logging onto www.511.ky.gov.

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Tips for winter weather driving:

- Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized. Check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.

- Dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.

- Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and to prepare for possibly lengthy delays on the roadway.

- Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.

- Carry a cell phone.

- Equip your vehicle with an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, first aid kit, and traction material.

- Check the forecast and call 511 or visit 511.ky.gov for the latest condition reports before traveling. Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.

- Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.

- Remember that bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.

- Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement - up to four times more distance.

- Make sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.

- Be visible. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility, so drive using low-beam headlights.

- Steer into a skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

- During significant winter weather events, the KYTC will provide media outlets with updated road condition reports throughout the day and night.