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Metro Public Works: 'Everyone is on alert' to keep roads clear

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Drivers braved the elements at Broadway and Floyd Street around 2:15 p.m. Friday. Drivers braved the elements at Broadway and Floyd Street around 2:15 p.m. Friday.
A Metro Public Works spokesman said crews are prepared to keep Louisville roads clear. A Metro Public Works spokesman said crews are prepared to keep Louisville roads clear.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - "We are set up to handle this. We're ready for whatever comes," proclaimed Metro Public Works spokesman Harold Adams about the agency's preparedness for the one-two punch of wintry weather over the next few days.

Adams said road crews arrived at work at 2:00 Friday morning and hit Louisville roads in salt trucks at 4 a.m. as sleet and freezing rain began to fall.

"That went well," Adams said. "Once the snow begins to fall, we'll begin treating the roads again, and we'll make another complete pass and then monitor and repeat as necessary."

Adams said all the city's road crews are on standby.

"Anytime we get a forecast that looks like there's going to be a weather event like this, everyone is on alert," Adams said. "That alert status will continue through the weekend because, as you know, we have a weather event that's going to run through the weekend."

Adams said currently, no special plans are being made to get in front of Sunday's predicted round of snow and ice.

"We will monitor the weather, and we will treat the roads as conditions warrant."

Adams said Metro Public Works has 2,700 miles of two-lane roads to clear. "We hit all the major through roads and their major feeders, but not, for instance, neighborhood streets."

Despite the work being done to clear the roads, drivers should use caution.

"The best advice is you don't have to drive in this stuff, don't do it," Adams said. "If you decide that you have to drive, be prepared. First of all, have some windshield washer fluid because you will need it. Allow extra time for your trip because you ought to be going slower. If you don't and the roads are slick, you will figure out why you should be going slower."

Adams said Metro Public Works has 35 1/2 tons of salt on hand and access to more if it's needed. He was also confident the agency would be able to meet the demand as wintry weather continues through the weekend.

"We have 160 vehicles or pieces of equipment, and we have 265 people to throw at this thing, so we're ready for it."

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