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Road Crews Working Around The Clock

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Police are reporting multiple fender-benders across the region but so far, no serious accidents as a result of the snow and ice. Many people chose to spend their Saturday morning safe and at home.

Highway Crews hit the road early clearing a path through the snow and ice.

"I've got two tanks of calcium chloride on the truck," said Salt Truck Operator Rick Smith.

These crews are working 16 hour shifts and with temperatures dropping into the single digits tonight, the job isn't going to get any easier. Smith says he has plenty of salt and something more to help treat dangerous roads. Calcium chloride is pumped into trucks, and then it's mixed with the salt. When below freezing temperatures freeze the road, that's when crew members treat the roads with the mix.

Police are advising drives to stay off the roads tonight. For emergency responders like Tracy Neice, he has to be ready for the next call, no matter when it comes.

"It's always a matter of time of us getting somewhere and giving medical attention to somebody," said EMS Director Tracy Neice.

"They are out in the same bad weather as we are. We try to do the best jobs we can to make sure it’s passable for them," Smith said.

Highway crews say to stay off the roads to make their jobs easier.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, through the 511 service, strives to
provide the most descriptive and up-to-date information for motorists.
Drivers are reminded that bridges and overpasses are typically the most
treacherous parts of roadways. Motorists should use extreme caution
when traveling during this winter weather event.


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