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Mayor: Louisville Ready for Winter Weather

Tuesday November 1, 2005

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Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled the 2005-2006 Louisville Metro Snow and Ice Removal Plan and announced Deputy Mayor Rick Johnstone will now coordinate operations between the city’s four agencies responsible for winter weather response.
The Louisville Metro snow team – which includes Louisville Metro Public Works, Solid Waste Management Services, Metro Parks and the Metropolitan Sewer District - has 225 employees and 130 pieces of equipment to clear 1,047 miles of road in Louisville.

“It became clear after last year’s storm that we could improve communication and coordination,” said Abramson. “I am confident that Rick’s leadership will help focus our efforts and make our response better, stronger and faster.”
Abramson earmarked funds to purchase 34 new pieces of equipment to update the community’s snow-fighting fleet. The equipment includes four new brine distributors that attach to dump trucks and each hold 1,300 gallons of solution. The distributors will allow crews to pre-treat roads for the first time in this community.

“If a storm is forecast, the brine distributors will allow us to fight freezing roads before the temperature ever starts to drop,” said Johnstone.

Operators of the snow command control room will now have a progress map at their fingertips that will allow coordinators to track crews’ work as they fan out across the community. Drivers will radio the control room when a route is complete, the information will be entered in to a computer and the route will change colors to indicate it has been salted or plowed.
“This map provides an enhanced level of accountability and communication for our residents,” said Abramson.
The mayor also outlined efforts to improve communications before, during and after a storm. The director of Louisville Metro Public Works met with each member of the Metro Council and received input to enhance the snow plan. Snow coordinators will be proactive in working with MetroTV, local media outlets and community newsletters to let residents know the routes that Metro Government clears and why those routes are part of the snow plan. Information about road conditions and storm response will be quickly passed along to residents through local news, the city’s website and MetroTV.
“We want residents to understand that our priorities are clearing roads that keep schools in session, major businesses operating and critical emergency services functioning in Louisville,” said Abramson. “We want people to know when winter weather strikes, we will be ready.”

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