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November 12, 2013

Winter is coming: KYTC has 21,000 pounds of salt, 67 plows in fleet

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Despite the prediction of winter weather on Wednesday, a representative from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11 says the London region is more than ready for a winter weather event.

According to Les Dixon, public information officer for District 11, there are already more than 21,000 pounds of salt ready and waiting for inclement weather.

“Over the last week, district workers have been going over the plows and other equipment just to make sure everything is in working order for the possibility of winter weather,” Dixon said.  “We have 67 plows and salt dispensers that will be driven by crews on 12-hour shifts in the event of winter weather.”

Dixon said, in the event of winter weather, state highways will be cleared based on the traffic that each road sees on normal days. 

Decisions on which roads to clear up first are based off of a four category “Snow and Ice Priority Map” which is posted on the Transportation Cabinet’s website.

According to the map, highways such as Ky. 192 and Ky. 80 will be near the top of the list since they have higher traffic volumes.

Dixon suggested if drivers must be out during inclement weather conditions such as ice or snow, they drive slow and be careful.

“Regardless of when the snow comes, we’ll be ready,” Dixon said.

To see the Snow and Ice Priority map, visit transportation.ky.gov. 

 

rmcdaniel@sentinel-echo.com

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