First widespread snow causes hazardous, messy commute

Snow tapering off in western counties, storm moving east

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2016) –Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews reported early Wednesday morning to combat the latest round of widespread snow across the Commonwealth.

Large bands of snow blanketed several portions of Kentucky roadways, which created slick and hazardous driving conditions for the morning commute.  The majority of roads across western, central and southcentral Kentucky remain partially or completely covered.  Maintenance professionals in the eastern and northeastern portions of the state continue to treat and monitor the roadways as the storm moves east.  Crews have been working around the clock to keep routes passable. 

During snow and ice event, the Transportation Cabinet may field 1,000 snow plows and 432 contractors with plows but has responsibility for 63,000 lane miles of roadway.

 

Snow removal efforts are initially focused on interstates and other major routes. Crews tend to secondary and rural roads once main routes have been cleared.  To view the priority network for snow removal, go to http://transportation.ky.gov/Maintenance/Pages/Snow-and-Ice-Priority-Maps.aspx  and select a county. 

 

This year, the Cabinet has incorporated GPS technologies on snow plow and salt trucks that will monitor and track snow removal activities.  The tracking capability is limited to certain portions of the state and not all trucks are equipped with the technology.  To view the latest snow and ice response information, visit http://511.ky.gov/winteractivities/main.jsf

 

Conditions are expected to improve today with rising temperatures and higher volumes of traffic that will work the salt into the precipitation.  The Cabinet, however, cautions motorists to drive carefully this evening as low temperatures may cause roadways to refreeze.

 

The cabinet also reminds motorists to follow these simple tips:

·         Exercise greater caution when driving. Slow down.

·         Be prepared for slick conditions.

·         Give a wide berth to snow plows and other heavy highway equipment.

·         Eliminate distractions while behind the wheel.

 

The cabinet’s SAFE Patrol is available to assist motorists whose vehicles become disabled on Kentucky interstates and parkways.  For SAFE Patrol assistance, call 511 or toll-free at 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).