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Mayor Declares City Ready for Winter Weather

Tuesday November 15, 2011

New social media tools will help keep citizens informed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 15, 2011) – Surrounded by members of Louisville’s nearly 300-strong Snow Team and a fleet of snow-fighting equipment, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the city is ready for winter weather.

“Winter weather cannot shut down our city. Students need to get to school and workers need to be on the job,” Fischer said. “Our experienced and dedicated snow team is ready to keep traffic moving and citizens safe on the roadways this winter.”

The Louisville Metro snow team consists of nearly 300 employees from three agencies---Metro Public Works, Solid Waste Management Services and Metro Parks. It has 169 pieces of equipment in its snow-fighting fleet, ready to treat and clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles of roads.

Several successful components of past snow and ice removal plans are returning this year, including overnight shifts for Public Works crews and the interactive, online snow map.

New this year is the use of Social Media to communicate with the public and the media during snow events. Sign up to follow the snow team’s progress on Twitter @LouSnowPlow or by “liking” the Metro Public Works page on Facebook.

You can also visit and click on the Social Media Center on the homepage. There you can sign up for the snow update Twitter feed or any of the other pages and feeds associated with Louisville Metro Government.

Highlights of the 2011-2012 snow plan include:

· The use of the brine additive IceProof. When added to the brine solution, it allows crews to pre-treat roads even when the temperature dips into single digits.

· An overnight shift for Public Works, allowing an immediate response to snow or ice, instead of calling out crews from their homes. When winter weather isn’t a threat, crews will repair road cracks and potholes during the overnight hours, when traffic flow is low. The shift also helps reduce overtime.

· A real-time online snow map that allows citizens to track snow crews’ progress in their area. Residents can enter their address to check whether snow routes near them have been pre-treated or plowed. Simply visit and enter “snow” in the Google search engine to get to the Public Works homepage and the map.

· 38,300 tons of salt available for treating roads. 15,300 tons will be on hand at six storage facilities city-wide, including four domes. 23,000 tons will be stored underground for emergency reserve.

The city is responsible for clearing about 1,362 of the 3,000 miles of roadway in the county. The total two-lane miles covered by crews on designated snow routes equals 2,721.

City snow routes are major roads, school and TARC bus routes, arteries to local employers and hospital and emergency routes. The state and private contractors clear about 700 miles and the remaining 1,000 miles are neighborhood streets that are not cleared, except during a declared snow emergency.

For the third year, as a part of an ongoing agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, city crews will treat and clear most state roads and highways---about 315 miles of roads—in Louisville. The state will continue to clear all interstates.

For more information about the snow plan call MetroCall at 311 or log onto and visit the Metro Public Works and Assets homepage.