Crews Prep for Icy Roads

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 11/26/2013 12:28 am

Road crews are working around the clock in hopes of preventing this storm from affecting your morning drive.

Crews have been treating roads all day and another shift will continue working through the night. They say they’re ready for this storm.

“What you don't want to happen is ice or snow to bond to the roads,” said Rob Allen with LFUCG Division of Streets and Roads.  “So you always want to pretreat or presalt.”

“That of course is to ensure that the roads are safe to prepare, ahead of a possibly inclement weather,” said Natasha Lacy, public information officer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways, District 7.

Lexington and State crews will continue working through the night treating roads as needed.

“It's an evolving storm system and we've kind of had to change what we're doing during the day,” said Allen.  “We anticipate not a whole lot of stuff but we want to get out ahead of it and be proactive.”

“It's always the possibility of freezing and slick roads when the temperature drops,” said Lacy.  “If there's moisture, then that's something you always have to take into consideration.”

Lexington has 5,000 tons of salt to put down and the State has 9,000 tons.  They will only put down salt if it starts to rain and the roads become slick.

The state has 65 trucks on ‘stand-by’ to patrol roads and apply salt as needed.  Another 85 contracted trucks are available on-call if they are needed.

Allen says Lexington has 46 trucks available to put on city roads if needed.

Road crews remind drivers to be patient and prepared.

“You also need to be aware that there will possibly be snow trucks on the highway and you need to give them space too to do their work,” said Lacy.

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