KYTC District 5 crews prepared for snow
LOUISVILLE, KY (March 5, 2013) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) road crews in Louisville and the surrounding counties will be remain on duty this evening as rain is forecasted to change to snow. Maintenance employees have spent the day preparing trucks for action tonight by changing plow blades, checking the tires, loading salt and filling up with gas. State forces will have a shift change at midnight and keep personnel on duty through the overnight hours.
KYTC crews will treat roadways throughout the winter weather event and continue through Wednesday afternoon until pavements begin to dry. Contract crews will also be utilized to ensure that routes are in the best possible condition.
Motorists should expect some delays during the Wednesday morning commute with snow falling and plow trucks on the roadway. Drivers are urged to give snow removal equipment a wide berth to do their job. These vehicles operate at reduced speeds to ensure proper distribution of salt on the roadways. Everyone is encouraged to drive safely and allow extra time to reach their destination.
District 5 personnel have the responsibility for clearing more than 2,500 miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Bullitt, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble. 158 state and contract trucks are utilized to salt and plow the roadways in these eight counties with 64 of these trucks concentrated on the interstates in Jefferson County. Per an agreement with Louisville Metro government, the Metro Department of Public Works clears snow and ice from all state routes in Jefferson County, excluding interstates.
Even with the various snow and ice events that have already occurred this winter, the District 5 facilities combined still have approximately 35,000 tons of salt, 121,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 89,000 gallons of salt brine on hand.
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.