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Metro Newsroom

City Prepared for Winter Storm

Monday February 11, 2008


Four to eight inches of snow predicted for Louisville

Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that the city is ready to battle the snowstorm scheduled to arrive late this afternoon. Forecasters anticipate four to eight inches of snow, followed by freezing rain or sleet.

“Our Public Works crews will be in their trucks and on the roads before the snow begins falling today,” Abramson said. “We’re keeping our day shift late and bringing the overnight shift in early so we’ll have plenty of people working all night.”

The city has 129 pieces of snow equipment including salt trucks, brine trucks and plows. In addition, 257 employees from four different agencies coordinate the city’s snow removal efforts. Residents can check their progress in real time by visiting and clicking on “Snow Removal Updates”, which highlights which streets have been treated or plowed.

Temperatures have been too low today to pretreat the roads with brine – a salt and water solution that has been used more than a dozen times so far this season. Because the road temperatures are below freezing, the brine would freeze to the roads. Instead, Public Works crews will begin salting as soon as snow begins falling.

“The addition of an overnight Public Works crew has made a tremendous difference in the way we handle winter storms,” said Ted Pullen, the director of Metro Public Works. “The overnight crew has improved efficiency and cut our overtime costs for weather preparation in half.”

Crews will cover 1,000 miles of roads in Louisville, with special attention to hills, bridges and overpasses. Crews will continue treating the roads overnight to ensure safe travel in the morning.

“As always, we encourage drivers to take extra precautions when the roads are snowy or slushy,” Abramson said. “Take hills and curves slowly, and don’t forget that many side streets and neighborhood streets won’t be treated, so that may be the most difficult part of your commute.”