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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet prepares for expected winter blast

COVINGTON, Ky. (KYTC) - Winter just won’t call it a season! District 6 crews and contractors will be reporting in at 4pm Sunday to be ready the latest blast of snow that is predicted to hit our area Sunday evening.

The District 6 Office will be tracking the system and crews will be ready to go once it arrives.

Currently, District 6 has 6,000 tons of salt on hand which should be more than enough to cover this weather event.

They ask that drivers remember to give the salt trucks plenty of room so that they can do their job and get the roads in the best possible condition for the Monday morning commute.

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 currently has 6,000 tons of salt on hand in its storage domes located at the state maintenance facilities and 123 trucks available to treat state highways and interstates.

In the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties there are 61 trucks are 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/winteractivities 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 – Stay at least 5 car lengths behind plow trucks.
• Remember that bridges, overpasses, 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.
• Steering when skidding. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. With newer vehicles with VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) the advice is to let the system handle the skid and to steer where you want to go and not over steer.


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