Intersections Not Treated like Roads

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 3/04 12:11 am

As crews deal with snowy roads, you might have noticed big streets in Lexington that still have snow.  Other times a street is clear but the intersection still has snow.

 “I don't want to be cliché and say the perfect storm,” said Rob Allen with Streets and Roads.  “The only thing that could have been worse probably would have been a lot of ice.”

Road crews had their work cut out for them.

“It was an extended snow fall.  A lot of people said ‘gosh it looked like my road hadn't been plowed’ when actually it had been plowed earlier and snowed over or the wind blew and drifted snow all over the road,” said Allen.

Crews couldn’t pre-treat roads because the storm started out as rain and brine would have washed away.  Crews said once the weather dropped below freezing it was tough because the snow seemed to just keep coming.

“It was very difficult and a challenge for crews to plow the snow and make sure it stayed in the proper areas, on the shoulders, because it kept returning and drifting and blowing back,” said Natasha Lacy with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Driving around Monday afternoon, many main roads were clear but intersections were still slushy.

“You get a lot of blowing drifting snow though that, maybe the intersecting road is a lower priority road, you get a lot of snow tracking,” said Allen.

Crews also said a salt truck’s speed is connected to how much salt it puts down.  As a truck slows coming to an intersection, it puts out less salt.

“Certainly what you don't want to have is a snow plow sitting at a traffic light continuing to dump salt,” said Allen.

Road crews said while cars sit at stop lights, the heat from the exhaust can melt the snow and slush which could re-freeze overnight creating slick spots.

“Our crews will just continue to plow and treat the roadways as necessary,” said Lacy.

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