LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Whether it is a few flakes or a few inches, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) maintenance crews are prepared to battle winter precipitation and keep traffic moving in a safe manner.
KYTC road crews in District 5, which covers Louisville Metro and seven surrounding counties, are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws their way in the coming months. Annual training for snow plow drivers was conducted in October. Inspection of equipment at all maintenance facilities was completed in November.
Currently, the KYTC District 5 facilities combined have approximately 36,000 tons of salt on hand. A guaranteed delivery order of another 10,000 tons of salt is scheduled to arrive in February to restock our salt domes. Approximately 165,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 90,000 gallons of salt brine are also in stock to help combat snow and ice this winter. District 5 has the equipment to produce more brine in order to replenish supplies.
Snow removal is based on a priority route system tied to level of traffic and critical needs served by each highway. 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. 172 state and contract trucks are utilized to salt and plow the roadways in these eight counties with 72 of these trucks concentrated on the interstates in Jefferson County.
Included in this fleet are six contract trucks dedicated to the new Ohio River Bridges and approach areas. Four trucks will be covering the Lincoln Bridge and the I-64/I-65/I-71 interchange, locally known as “spaghetti junction”, in downtown Louisville. Two trucks will maintain the Kentucky approach to the new east end crossing including the tunnels under US 42. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be responsible for snow removal on the east end bridge.
Per an ongoing agreement with Louisville Metro government, the Metro Department of Public Works will treat and clear state roads other than interstate highways—about 400 miles of roads—in Louisville.
The Cabinet has developed a new webpage for all snow and ice information. The public can visit http://snowky.ky.gov to learn more priority routes, access helpful weather tips and fact sheets and view informational videos on salt application and snow removal.
As KYTC crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also make safety preparations by following these tips:
- Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level
- Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road
- Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment
- Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder
- Allow time for a slower commute
- Winterize vehicles
- Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit
- Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel
- Eliminate distractions (e.g. using phone and eating) while driving
- Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash