KYTC District 5 road crews ready for the next round of winter weather

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

 LOUISVILLE, KY (January 24, 2013) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 road crews put in long hours this week battling snow and freezing temperatures and they are ready to do it again.

The next weather event is predicting more winter precipitation coming into the Louisville area sometime after midnight.  Reports indicate that this system can produce between one and three inches of snow by midday on Saturday, January 25.

In preparation for the next round of snow, District 5 crews will report to work this evening at midnight.  They will mobilize and treat roadways as long as necessary to have them in the best possible condition for drivers.

The eight counties of District 5 have used approximately 29,000 tons of salt for snow removal so far this winter.  Plenty of de-icing materials are available for this weekend’s snow event with 15,000 tons of salt and 96,000 gallons of calcium chloride on hand.  Another 21,000 tons of salt has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive next 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.