Many Kentucky highway crews have been active since the weekend pre-treating roads and they continue to monitor weather conditions and respond as needed to keep traffic flowing on state-maintained roads. The combination of below-freezing air and pavement temperatures poses challenges to how fast salt and de-icing materials can melt snow, especially after dark. Drivers may experience slick conditions and are advised to slow down, watch for black ice and limit travel during the peak of winter weather activity.
“Crews will continue to monitor weather and road conditions and perform response activities to suit the situation,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Avoiding unnecessary travel, especially after dark, keeps you, crews and first responders safe. Salt and materials work best with the help of the sun and it’s easier to spot ice on the roads during daylight hours. No matter what time you drive, drive slowly and remember bridges freeze faster than roadways.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has more than 2,000 state employees and contracted staff who serve during snow and ice season to keep travelers moving and safe. Staff have completed readiness checks, training, and equipment maintenance to respond when the weather takes a turn. More than 1,400 state-owned and contracted plow trucks are on standby for deployment before, during, and after winter weather events on Kentucky’s 28,000 miles of state-maintained roadways.
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