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Public Works & Assets Newsroom 

Mayor Declares City Ready for Winter Weather

Thursday November 1, 2012

Surrounded by members of the city’s Snow Team, snow plows, brine vehicles and other snow-fighting equipment, Mayor Greg Fischer today declared the city ready for winter weather.

“Our experienced snow team is ready to keep traffic moving and citizens safe on the roadways this winter,” Fischer said. “We are prepared to keep the city running during winter weather so people can get to their jobs and students can get to school.”

This year the city’s Codes and Regulations department is joining the other three agencies that make up the Snow Team, including Metro Public Works, Solid Waste Management and Metro Parks, with a total of 265 employees.

There are 160 pieces of equipment in the snow-fighting fleet, ready to treat and clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles of roads.

This year a second brine maker will be added to the fleet, which will increase brine production from 5,000 gallons per hour to 10,000. Brine is a saltwater solution used to pretreat roads before snow falls. It helps prevent snow and ice from adhering to the pavement and reduces slick spots.

Additional highlights of the 2012-2013 snow plan include:

· An improved snow status map that allows citizens to track snow crews’ progress in their area online. Residents can enter an address to see whether a road has been salted or plowed before heading out. Visit to find the map.

· Social Media, Citizens can follow the snow team’s progress on social media during snow events. Sign up 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 other pages and feeds from Louisville Metro Government.

· 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.

· 35,000 tons of salt available for treating roads. 15,000 tons are on-hand at salt domes and storage facilities. 20,000 tons are 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.

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 and ramps.

For more information about the snow plan call MetroCall at 311.