Road crews watching, waiting for icy roads

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Road crews didn't need to put down any salt or brine as of noon on Friday, since temperatures stayed just above freezing. However, they are on standby for when that changes.

Road crews have been on duty since 4:00 Friday morning, waiting for rain and wet roads to turn into ice. So far that hasn't happened, but it doesn't mean central Kentucky is in the clear.

Kentucky Emergency Management reported earlier that parts of western Kentucky saw snow and ice. Those same conditions may very well be headed this way.

Road crews are waiting to put down any salt or brine, since rain will only wash it away. But they are on standby at several locations. If any freezing is reported, officials say they're prepared to begin treating roads.

"Well the game plan from then on is to do what we call 'pre-treating,'" says Rob Allen, Manager of Lexington's streets and roads. "We would start to salt especially hills, bridges and overpasses. We have a priority system for our roads. Our main thoroughfares like Man O' War and Nicholasville Road would get treated first, then we would work our way through that list."

Road crews will be back out Friday evening watching and waiting to treat any icy roads. Crews are also ready to pre-treat roads over the weekend if necessary.

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