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State snow and ice crews ready to combat wintry weather

Transportation Cabinet resources well-stocked and well-prepared

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) maintenance crews are well prepared for winter precipitation expected this evening and into the weekend.

Snow_4443_t607Nearly 2,000 KYTC employees are available for efforts to treat and clear more than 60,000 lane miles of roads.

“The safety of Kentucky’s roadways is the focal point of our maintenance program this time of year,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said. “Our snow and ice teams are on the job even before winter weather hits. I’m proud of their professionalism and dedication to service.”

KYTC outfits more than 1,000 trucks with front-end blades and salt spreading equipment. An additional 382 snow removal contractors are available to assist when needed.

When wintry weather is in the forecast, KYTC crews begin preparing to combat ice buildup on roads and aid in snow removal. Currently, KYTC has more than 1 million gallons of brine, 900,000 gallons of calcium chloride solution and 300,000 tons of salt on hand for use by maintenance crews.

Last winter, KYTC used more than 196,000 tons of salt.