Sunday, December 24, 2017

KYTC District 6 Snowfighters Reporting in for Christmas Eve

Remember to take it slow in the snow!


Looks like there could be a white Christmas Eve.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 snow and ice removal crews will be reporting in starting at 1 p.m. today.   

The latest forecast says that a rain-snow mix can start this afternoon around 3.  The forecasters are calling for the potential of 1-2 inches.  District 6 Snowfighters had the trucks loaded with salt on Friday in anticipation for the Christmas Eve forecast.  Crews will be mobilized ahead of the snowfall and they will remain on duty until roads are in the best possible condition.

Always be mindful of the potential for slick spots on roadways, especially overpasses and bridges is possible. Remember to take it slow in the snow!

Anti-icing agents that we use (salt, brine and calcium chloride) are agents to assist in treating roadways during winter snow and ice events.  They can only do so much. Other variables such as pavement temperature, air temperature, intensity of the storm and timing of the storm also factor in. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has a webpage just for snow and ice information. Know before you go!  The public can visit http://snowky.ky.gov to learn more about priority routes, access helpful winter weather tips and fact sheets and view informational videos on salt application and snow removal.

In the northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, District 6 is responsible for 1,871 lane miles of roadway. Crews have stockpiled 16,500 tons of salt and over 26,000 gallons of brine for de-icing in the three counties. Seventy-six trucks are available for snow and ice removal – three of which will concentrate on the six-mile section of I-75 between Buttermilk Pike and the Brent Spence Bridge that includes the “Cut in the Hill.”

Every snow storm is different and presents unique challenges, such as air temperature, pavement temperature, timing of snowfall and ice. Last year District 6 crews used 10,307 tons of salt, approximately 131,031 gallons of salt brine and 15,281 gallons of liquid chloride for snow and ice events. In all, District 6 spent $4.2 million on equipment, materials and labor.

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:
·         Put yourself in emergency mode
·         Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level
·         Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road
·         Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment
·         Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder
·         Allow time for a slower commute
·         Winterize vehicles
·         Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit
·         Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel
·         Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving
·         Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

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