The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 snow and ice removal crews are gearing up for the 2012-13 snow season. In anticipation of the season’s first winter event that is forecasted to hit the Northern Kentucky area this week, officials are monitoring the anticipated snow storm and will mobilize crews accordingly.
Pre-treating with salt brine for this snow event would be ineffective due to the already wet pavement conditions. This snow storm is predicted to continue into the Friday morning commute.
To help assure that trucks can treat roads quickly, Transportation Cabinet officals ask motorists to help efforts by giving salt trucks space so they can do their job.
The variables of this storm will start with warm pavement conditions, warmer air temperatures, followed by air temperatures dropping considerably and gusting winds which can produce scattered and unpredictable snow squalls as well as the potential for areas of black ice.
Drivers are also reminded that bridges and overpasses are typically the most treacherous. Motorists should use extreme caution when traveling during this winter weather event.
Maintenance crews in KYTC District 6 have responsibility for clearing 2,000 miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Robertson. That equates to more than 4,500 “lane miles” – all driving lanes from rural state roads to interstate highways. District 6 state maintenance crews are prepared to work to keep roads in the best possible condition during winter weather.
District 6 has 30,000 tons of salt on hand in its storage domes located at the state maintenance facilities and 124 trucks available to treat state highways and interstates.
In the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell there are 62 trucks available for snow and ice removal – three of which will concentrate solely on the “Cut in the Hill”, the six mile section of I-75 between Buttermilk Pike and the Brent Spence Bridge.
As KYTC crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also be prepared for driving in snow and ice by following these tips:
Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.
Check the forecast and call 511 or visit 511.ky.gov for the latest condition reports before traveling.
You can also get traffic information for the District 6 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTC.District6.
Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
Dress warmly for the weather –in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and to prepare for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
Carry a cell phone.
Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.
Remember that bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Make sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
Be visible. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility, so drive using low-beam headlights.
Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.
If you don’t do your job, you can inhibit our capability to do ours.
Most importantly, always buckle up.