LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Metro Public Works and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet work hand-in-hand when it comes to preparing for snow. This year, though, there will be a new bridge and interchange to take care of, prompting even more hands on deck.
In a city that has seen anywhere from 1 to 50 inches of snow per winter, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the metro is ready for anything.
"You're looking at a group of folks that know how to get the work done, we've seen that time and time over the past couple years," he said.
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The 265-member snow team showed off its new equipment Thursday, a nearly 70-degree day. Metro Public Works spent more than $1.6 million to update its plowing fleet.
"Our equipment was getting pretty old and in order to do the job we need to do, we've got to have the equipment to take care of it and the newer equipment allows us to do that," Public Works Assistant Director for Roads and Operations Brian Funk said.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet got some new vehicles too. That means there will be 160 plowing trucks available to clear the city's 386-square miles.
"It doesn't matter if it is a half-inch or 10 inches, we are going to be out there to take care of the problem as best we can," Funk said.
The nearly completed Ohio River Bridges Project means there will be new routes.
"We've got new ramps and new lanes downtown with the new interchange and new bridge, so we've added four trucks downtown that are basically going to be dedicated to the downtown area for snow and ice removal," said Matt Bullock, the KYTC Chief District Engineer Department of Highways.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will take care of the new east-end bridge.
What's in store for this winter? The National Weather Service predicts "normal" snowfall for the season.
"It looks like it is not going to be one of those things with double-digits snowfalls shutting down the city - that's the good news," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sullivan said. "Now the bad news is it looks like it could be death by a thousand paper cuts with all those little half-inch, 1-inch snow falls."
Snow removal progress can be followed via an interactive online map. During snow events, a link to the snow map will be posted on the city's website, Louisvilleky.gov, and the Department of Public Works site at louisvilleky.gov/publicworks. The latest updates will also be posted @LouPubWorks on Twitter.