LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Winter is just around the corner. Last year proved to be a mild one, but this year could be much different. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the city's snow plan on Thursday and said the city is ready for whatever winter weather we may get.
The Metro Snow Team along with Mayor Fischer met in a parking lot of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to launch their 2012-2013 snow plan. The Snow Team includes 160 pieces of equipment in the snow fighting fleet that will be required to clear over 2,700 miles of roads in the Metro Louisville area.
Mayor Fischer announced there will be an addition to their normal team this year as more employees from other departments are added.
"We have four city departments combining forces, public works including solid waste, parks, and new this year some of the folks from the vacant lots division at codes and regulations," said Fischer. "Basically anybody that can help us with snow removal, no matter what their title is or where they are in city government, we want to pull them in to play for the good of our city here."
Along with the additional personnel to fight snow, it was announced that a new brine maker has been purchased to help boost production of the salt solution from 5,000 gallons to 10,000 gallons per hour. The brine solution is suppose to make it harder for snow and ice to stick to pavement reducing slick spots for drivers.
There will also be an updated snow status map for residents to view on the city's public works page here.
An overnight shift is also being added to allow immediate response when winter weather turns bad. This will elevate the need to call crews in from their homes overnight. When winter weather isn't a factor, these employees will be utilized to repair roads in the area while traffic flow is low.
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