Monday December 20, 2010
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) road crews in Louisville and the surrounding counties are prepared for more winter weather to arrive during the overnight hours. KYTC staff will report at midnight and work throughout the night to make sure roads are in the best possible condition for the Tuesday morning commute.
There is some salt residue on the pavement from the previous snow storm. That salt residue means no pre-treating with brine will be required for this weather event. Also, the precipitation may come in as rain which would wash the brine from the roadway.
District 5 personnel have the responsibility for clearing more than 2,400 miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Bullitt, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble. Currently the district has over 28,000 tons of salt and 78,000 gallons of calcium chloride to help melt snow and ice from the pavement. 166 state and contract trucks are utilized to salt and plow the roadways in these eight counties with 78 of these trucks concentrated on the interstates in Jefferson County. Per an agreement with Louisville Metro government, the Metro Department of Public Works will be clearing snow and ice from all state routes in Jefferson County, excluding interstates.
Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website at www.511.ky.gov. Road conditions are described in the following manner:
Wet Pavement – The roadway is wet. Ice could form as temperatures drop.
Partly Covered – The roadway is partly covered with snow, slush or ice. Markings may be obscured.
Mostly Covered – The roadway is mostly covered with snow, slush or ice. Roadway markers may be difficult to see because of packed snow and rutting conditions.
Completely Covered – The roadway is completely covered with snow, slush or ice and markings are obscured.
Impassable – Roadway conditions are not suitable for travel unless required by an emergency.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, through the 511 service strives to provide the most descriptive and up-to-date information for motorists so they know what to expect when they get out on the road.