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Local Road Workers Prepare For Icy Conditions

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

In Lexington, the preparations for icy roads got a significant head start. "We have been pre-treating. We've been doing that since yesterday and we're continuing to do some of that today in preparation for this," Sam Williams with the Department Of Streets, Roads, and Forestry said.

Unlike a lot of the state highways and interstates that are pre-treated for ice, some of the county roads will just have to wait for snowfall before the salt trucks can get to them because some counties don't have the equipment or funding for pre-treatment.

Rockcastle Judge-Executive Buzz Carloftis will be one of the salt truck drivers to tackle some of the smaller roads. "It will take us about 20 hours I guess to reach all of the roads in Rockcastle County the first time, and then if it snows more, we have to go back again," Carloftis said.

The route Sonya Robinson has to take to work in Mt. Vernon can be tricky in bad weather. "It gets really slick, and normally it's really hard to get up, and a lot of people will start up it, but they can't get up it, and they'll have to turn around and go back down, or sometimes they go down not willingly," Robinson said.

That's why for now she's planning a half day in case she has to get out while she still can.


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