City prepared for winter weather, residents urged to use caution on morning commute

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)– With the mixture of rain and freezing precipitation that is expected to arrive, the city is urging commuters to use extra caution while driving Thursday morning.

No accumulations are expected, but with temperatures projected below freezing, the city says will be treating bridges, hills and underpasses to ensure safe travel on local roadways.

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City crews will begin reporting tonight at midnight for winter maintenance operations. “We will continue to monitor the weather and are prepared to respond as necessary,” said Rob Allen, director of Streets & Roads.

Snow and ice removal in Fayette County is a combined effort between the city of Lexington and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The city divisions of Streets & Roads, Water Quality and Parks & Recreation are responsible for snow and ice removal for approximately 1,400 lane miles of city and county roads. The state is responsible for plowing more than 800 lane miles of federal, state and county roads.

The city says it has approximately 4,250 gallons of salt brine, 5,000 tons of rock salt (sodium chloride) and some 4,000 gallons of proprietary chemical additive on hand.

Pre-treating the roads with salt brine, salt or a mixture of salt and chemical de-icing additives it the first step in preparing for a new event.

The city has also provided training and orientation for new employees on equipment, operation and routes. They have installed and checked equipment such as salt spreaders and snow plows.

The city’s snow removal plan with street and sidewalk ranking is available at lexingtonky.gov/snow.

Citizens are reminded they can get information on accidents, lane blockages, snow-and-ice trouble spots and road closures through the city’s Twitter accounts (@lexwrecks and @lexkypolice). Traffic at major intersections is also available in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at lexingtonky.gov/traffic.

Emergency Weather Plan

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Emergency Weather Plan remains in effect through Friday, Nov. 16. The plan includes expanded shelter services and free transportation to shelters. For a list of all available shelters and transportation services, as well as other resources, visit uwbg211.org.