State highway crews prepared for winter weather duty
Freezing rain expected across northeast region
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2014) – State snow plow drivers are standing by as a developing winter storm threatens to blanket northeast Kentucky with icy precipitation.
Crews in most Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 counties – Bath, Boyd, Carter, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan – have been loading trucks with salt, adding chains to plow trucks and making sure chainsaws are ready for what the National Weather Service predicts could be a sleet and freezing rain assault on roadways this evening.
Current plow drivers will stay after hours today at maintenance facilities to be ready to respond when the storm hits. In areas impacted by wintry weather, crews will work to clear roadways then switch out with another crew at midnight. They will continue working 12-hour shifts until the storm threat subsides and roads are clear.
With freezing rain expected across much of the region, motorists should expect slick conditions even on treated roadways because the rain can wash away road-clearing salt. In these conditions, crews continually apply salt but re-freezing is possible between applications.
If you must travel, please wear your seatbelt, slow down and follow these winter driving tips:
Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control. Remember that bridges, overpasses and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
Leave a “space cushion.” Leave enough room between you and the car in front of you because stopping in snow may require up to four times your normal stopping distance.
Steer into the 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 winter weather, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews and contractors in District 9 have more than 75 snow plows and more than 10,000 tons of salt stockpiled to fight winter precipitation. Learn more about snow removal efforts by following District 9 online at Bit.ly/D9Snow. Find out where snow plows are on duty statewide by visiting 511.ky.gov/WinterActivities online.