Lexington has 26 wrecks, state, city crews continue to work on roads

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LEXINGTON, Ky. WTVQ) – As light snow continues to fall throughout Lexington, motorists are urged to remain cautious while driving.

While main roads are clear, some neighborhood and side roads could be slushy or partially snow covered. Forecasts call for snow showers to continue which may recoat roadways that had previously been cleared so drivers will need to remain alert.

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In Lexington, crews from Streets & Roads and Water Quality have been out since Sunday treating roads per the City’s snow plan. They will remain on duty throughout the day and into the evening, and will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses.

Between midnight and 10 a.m., the Lexington Police Department responded to 26 non-injury collisions, 7 calls for motorist/pedestrian assistance and six traffic hazards.

Motorists should always be aware of road conditions and how weather changes can affect road surfaces. Bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and parking lots will freeze before the roadway. And with any winter weather event, motorists are reminded to drive slowly, increase following distance, and always wear their seat belt, and ensure that everyone else in your vehicle is bucked up as well.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention’s Community Emergency Winter Weather plan remains active through the morning of Feb. 3 due to the cold temperatures. If you know of or see someone that appears to be in need of emergency shelter, call (859) 533-9199. If it is between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., call (859) 494-0470. For a list of all available shelters and transportation services, as well as other resources, visit uwbg211.org.

How to stay informed during the winter season

Website: Get the most up-to-date information about the measures the City is taking to ensure the wellness and safety of our residents at lexingtonky.gov/snowupdates. You can also view the snow and ice control plan with street and sidewalk rankings.

Social media: Get information on accidents, lane blockages, snow-and-ice trouble spots and road closures through the City’s Twitter accounts at @lexwrecks and @lexkypolice. General information, including, emergency and time-sensitive information, is available on the City’s Facebook account.

Traffic cameras:  Traffic at major intersections can be viewed in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at lexingtonky.gov/traffic.

Meanwhile, District 7 state road crews, which cover Fayette and surrounding counties,  reported at 12 a.m. (midnight) to clear, and treat routes as necessary. Crews and contractors worked overnight, and continue to patrol roadways as necessary. The forecast shows snow showers continuing today and through the evening hours.

District 7 includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott, and Woodford counties

The traveling public should be aware of possible icy areas as temperatures decline. Black ice can form on previously treated asphalt and concrete. Ice develops on bridges, overpasses, and ramps prior to surface level roadways.

Tips for driving in snow & ice for the winter season:

 Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.

  • Check the forecast and plan ahead for your trip.
  • Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.
  • Dress warmly for the weather – in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
  • Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and in preparation for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
  • Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
  • Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
  • Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.
  • Bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
  • Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
  • Be visible. Dull, cloudy days reduce visibility – drive using low-beam headlights.
  • 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.

Forecast from the National Weather Service:  https://www.weather.gov/lmk/weatherstory

Visit this link for information about state snow removal efforts:  http://snowky.ky.gov

And the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 snow and ice removal crews are ready for the next round of snow forecasted for Northern Kentucky Monday afternoon and during the evening hours.

Maintenance crews in KYTC District 6 have responsibility for clearing over 2,000 miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Robertson.

Forecast from the National Weather Service – Wilmington, OH – Weather Story  For Monday night into Tuesday morning, a chance of  0.5 – 1 inch of snow possible.

D 6 Snowfighters worked throughout Sunday night/early Monday morning on interstates, highways and secondary roads.  Fresh state crews and contractors will report back at 3 p.m. and D 6 forces will patrol and treat this next snow event.  Crews always focus on bridges, overpasses and higher elevated roadways that would be more prone to freezing.  With the temperatures bouncing back and forth from the freezing line, motorists should always be cautious of the potential of black ice.

If you must travel, motorists should simply remember – When it snows, take it slow.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has a webpage just for snow and ice information. The public can visit SnowKY.ky.gov to learn more about priority routes, access helpful winter weather tips and fact sheets and view informational videos on salt application and snow removal.

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real-time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

District 6 starts out with 31,350 tons of salt each winter season stored in the domes located at the state maintenance facilities.  Currently, we have 23,000 tons available for treating roadways.  There are 105 state and contracted trucks available for this snow event to treat state highways and interstates.

In the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, District 6 is responsible for 1,868 lane miles of roadway. Crews have stockpiled 16,500 tons of salt and over 26,000 gallons of brine for de-icing in the three counties. Seventy-five trucks are available for snow and ice removal – three of which will concentrate on the six-mile section of I-75 between Buttermilk Pike and the Brent Spence Bridge that includes the “Cut in the Hill.”

When snowstorms hit, crews in affected counties are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat state roadways on a priority basis – part of the Transportation Cabinet’s mission to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors.

Priority A routes include critical state routes and those most heavily traveled, such as interstates and main roads between counties or to hospitals, which receive the highest priority for snow-clearing efforts. Priority B and C routes include other important but lesser-traveled state routes.

Every snowstorm is different and presents unique challenges, such as air temperature, pavement temperature, the timing of snowfall and ice. Last winter season, 2019 – 2020, District 6 crews used 9,900 tons of salt and 1,175 gallons of liquid chloride.  No brine was needed for snow and ice events. In all, District 6 spent $3.4 million on equipment, materials and labor.

You are an important part!  Safe travel begins with YOU!

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

  • Put yourself in emergency mode
  • 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, flashlight and an emergency supply kit
  • Know before you go. Navigate traffic with GoKYTRIMARC or via Waze and check traffic conditions before you travel
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g., operating 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

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