UPDATE: Some progress on roads in District 9, work continues in other areas
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – State highway conditions across northeast Kentucky have improved after aggressive all-night, all-day treatment by salt trucks and snow plows. However, snow cover remains on most roads, and travel is still not advised.
As of 4 p.m., Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties report I-64 has clear travel lanes with occasional slush and snow-packed off ramps in places, while other highly-traveled Priority A routes such as U.S. highways and the AA Highway have at least one lane mostly clear with other lanes improving.
Conditions on some main roads vary by county with snow cover remaining where freezing rain and snow fell heaviest – even on main routes like US 60 in Carter County – but the snow pack has started to break up. Priority B and C routes remain mostly covered with packed snow.
Several roads are still blocked by downed trees and power lines: KY 377 in Rowan County at the 13 mile marker north of Triplett, and KY 168 (Valley View Road) in Ashland, among others.
Crews and contractors in all counties will continue removing downed trees today, and will work into the evening hours treating and plowing roadways.
While it’s likely road conditions will continue to improve through the evening rush hour, motorists are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary travel.
Motorists should also note that it’s likely snow cover will remain on roads into Friday morning, and should adjust plans accordingly. For real-time traffic information, to view traffic cams, or to keep up with state snowfighters in your county, visit http://GoKY.ky.gov.
During winter storms, Kentucky Department of Highways snow plow crews work 12-hour shifts to keep highways passable using a priority route system based on traffic volume and connectivity to hospitals and other critical services. Crews focus first on high-priority routes such as interstates and critical roadways, then heavily traveled state routes before turning to lower-volume routes. Snow priority maps for each county can be viewed online at http://SnowKY.ky.gov.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 1 P.M. FEB. 11, 2021
KENTUCKY (WTVQ) – Kentucky Transportation crews are continuing to work on clearing the roads in the District 9 northeast counties of Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan and the central counties of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott, and Woodford counties in District 7.
In the northeast, the majority of roads remain snow-packed and trees continue to fall, creating a struggle to clear highways, according to District 9 crews.
According to KTC, the high priority routes like I-64 and some U.S. highway have some clear lanes.
Other roads remain snow-packed or inaccessible due to fallen trees. KTC called in extra crews and contractors to help clear passages.
The Transportation Cabinet is asking motorists to avoid travel if at all possible, give crews and utility companies room and time to work.
If travel is required, use extreme caution, give yourself time, take it slow, plan ahead.
KTC is expecting some progress on clearing roads Thursday, but already know snow removal operations will continue into Friday, if not longer.
In District 7 which includes Fayette and the surrounding counties, crews, along with contractors, worked overnight, and continue Thursday clearing roadways in Central Kentucky. Freezing rain created heavy ice which led to downed branches, trees, and power lines. State crews focus on keeping high priority routes passable.
The impact of this winter event is expected to continue over the next several days. Debris clean-up (limbs, branches, trees, etc.) is included with crew responsibilities. This is in addition to road clearing efforts. Winter events pose a variety of dangers to the employees who have the responsibility of clearing debris, snow and ice.
Forecast from the National Weather Service:
Information about KYTC snow & ice removal efforts:
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 snowfighters around Louisville are continuing to treat roadways throughout the area after snow and ice overnight. Contractors will remain working through the evening rush hour.
Snowfighters will continue to operate in all counties until at least midnight. During the overnight hours, crews will monitor conditions and treat roadways as necessary.
KYTC continues to encourage motorists to remain safe by following these tips:
- When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you are in. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in adverse weather conditions, so break early and slowly.
- Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level.
- Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing black ice—a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
- Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment.
- Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
- Allow more time to travel for routine commutes.
Any updates will be posted on the KYTC District 5 social media pages.
KYTC’s snow and ice information website, snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets, and videos on salt application and snow removal. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.