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Mayor Declares City Ready for Winter

Wednesday October 27, 2010

Snow Team, equipment prepared for snow season

When the first snowflakes of the season begin to fall in Louisville, the city’s nearly 300 member Snow Team is ready to take action, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

“When winter weather strikes, keeping residents safe on our roads is our top priority,” Abramson said. “It’s important that we keep our city moving – students need to be in school and workers need to be on the job. Our snow team is prepared and ready to go.”

The Louisville Metro snow team is made up of 293 employees from four agencies---Public Works and Assets, Metro Parks, Solid Waste Management and the Metropolitan Sewer District. It has 169 pieces of equipment in its snow-fighting fleet, ready to treat and clear more than 1,300 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.

Highlights of the 2010-2011 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, instead of calling out crews from their homes. When winter weather isn’t a threat, crews will repair potholes and road cracks that cause potholes 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 in 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.

· 40,000 tons of salt available for treating roads. 15,000 tons will be on hand at seven storage facilities city-wide, including four domes. 25,000 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. 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 second 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.