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Transportation Cabinet: We Have More Work to Do on Snowy Roads

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 snow and ice removal crews of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, and Robertson counties continue to clean up and work on secondary roadways Wednesday after this morning's heavy snowfall and tough commute. 

The District 6 Office wants motorists to be aware of the potential of snow squalls on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Snow squalls can happen quickly with gusting winds and snow combined they can equal whiteout situations.

After the evening rush hour, crews will be relieved of their duties to go home, a news release said, but they will report back in at 3 a.m. to work on roadways, blow outs, and drifts to help with the Thursday morning commute.

In order to help prevent significant backups such as the one this morning, the KYTC District 6 Office urges motorists to stay off the roadways if travel is not necessary.  

Currently, District 6 has 17,000 tons of salt on hand.

Maintenance crews in KYTC District 6 have responsibility for clearing over 2,000 miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Robertson. That equates to 4,657  “lane miles” – all driving lanes from rural state roads to interstate highways.  District 6 state maintenance crews are prepared to work to keep roads in the best possible condition during winter weather.

District 6 starts out with 31,350 tons of salt each winter season stored in the domes located at the state maintenance facilities. There are 125 trucks available to treat state highways and interstates.  In the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties there are 66 trucks are available for snow and ice removal – three of which will concentrate solely on the “Cut in the Hill”, the six mile section of I-75 between Buttermilk Pike and the Brent Spence Bridge.

Last year District 6 crews used over 67, 109 tons of salt, approximately 15,635 gallons of salt brine and 99,317 gallons of liquid chloride for snow and ice.  In all, District 6 spent $9.8 million on equipment, materials and labor.

As KYTC crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also be prepared for driving in snow and ice by following these tips:

  • Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer. Check the forecast and call 511 or visit 511.ky.gov for the latest condition reports before traveling. You can also get traffic information for the District 6 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTC.District6. Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
  • Dress warmly for the weather –in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
  • Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and to prepare for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
  • Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
  • Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
  • Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment. 
  • Remember that bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
  • Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Make sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
  • Be visible. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility, so drive using low-beam headlights.
  • Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

-From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet