LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Road crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Louisville Metro were busy clearing roads and highways across the Commonwealth Wednesday after snow fell overnight and into the morning hours, closing schools and slowing the morning commute.
Activity began first in the Department of Highways' western districts and has spread to all districts as the storm moved from west to east. By late morning, crews in all districts were plowing.
Crews had enough of a break between storms to get equipment ready again and to replenish salt supplies.
"Our maintenance crews keep themselves well-prepared, and as usual, we will work as long as necessary to keep roadways open and as safe as possible," Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.
KYTC maintenance crews work around the clock to keep roadways open in winter. When winter storms strike, the cabinet can respond with a fleet of 1,065 snow plows. In addition, the cabinet can call on more than 350 snow-removal contractors.
Cabinet officials have this advice for motorists when it's snowing:
- Exercise greater caution when driving - slow down!
- Give a wide berth to snow plows and other heavy highway equipment.
- Eliminate distractions while behind the wheel.
According to Lindsay English, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office in Louisville, as of 11 a.m. major thoroughfares were still wet with some slushy spots, with road temperatures around 24 degrees.
Metro crews will continue treating the roads, and so far have plowed and/or salted over 5,000 miles of roads since it began snowing.
Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website, 511.ky.gov.