Road crews battle icy pavement

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT-TV) --- Sara George, Information Officer for District 12 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, has issued the following news release.

Officials at Highway District 12 continue to advise people to stay indoors and off the roads and highways.

Roads are still rough in many areas. Most crews were unable to start on “B” and “C” routes until early this afternoon. KY1760 in Lawrence County is closed between mile points zero and one due to high water. In Martin County, KY292 remains closed between mile points 25 and 26.

“We realize that we usually have the roads clear, passable, and in relatively good shape in the early morning, usually around daylight,” said Sara George, district information officer. “This weather system was unusual. We had rain for nearly 24 hours, water ponding on roadways. Then the temperatures dropped dramatically, turning the water into ice. In the middle of last night, fierce winds added a chill factor that caused additional freezing. The snow fell over everything.”

George said that intermittent whiteouts in the early morning hours, before daylight, temperatures in the single digits, and continuing snowfall into the daylight hours made treating and plowing extremely hazardous, difficult, and slow. “Rock salt only works well down to about 22 degrees,” she pointed out. “This morning at 8:30 the highest temperature reported in D-12’s seven counties was 14.9 degrees. Basically we had to start over with liquid calcium chloride to get the ice underneath the snow to start breaking apart.”

Crews are plowing and treating “B”and “C” routes. “A” routes are clear except for cold spots. “Use extreme caution on ‘B’ and ‘C’ routes,” George said. Some are still snow-covered with ice underneath the snow.

Most areas are reporting temperatures ranging from 21 degrees (Phelps in Pike County) to 27 degrees (Minnie in Floyd County). Temperatures are rising some and the sun is out this afternoon, which always helps.

“We ask you to partner with us to make your journey safe on the roads of D-12,” George said.

Remember: when you get behind the wheel, you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others! Take it seriously!

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