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Clear roads equal happy travels

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Road crews in Eastern Kentucky worked through the night to clear snow for drivers.

What state road officials call wet snow was fairly easy to clear before the temperatures dropped.

It's that time of year when salt truck drivers stay out all night!

"We are still at it since midnight going over and over and over," said Timothy Kendrick, a salt truck driver employed with the Kentucky Department of Highways.

Resalting, plowing, and now pretreating getting roads clear and ready for the work week.

"We're out there for everyone else. The main thing is to get the road clean for the public," said Elmer Keathley, who works at the Kentucky Department of Highways District 12 office in Pike County.

More goes into this operation than you might think.

Certain winter conditions have to be in place to plow and salt roadways.

"If the snow is really wet, you can just plow it off mostly. If it's not real good and it's real wet, then you can plow it off and it's not a problem. But if it freezes, you got to salt it and wait," said Kendrick.

Another solution, calcium chloride, clears roads even during the coldest temperatures.

"If it gets too cold, the salt won't work. The calcium chloride will bust the snow up. It helps the salt," said Kendrick.

Traffic is the other key factor, which mountain roads do not have much of.

But road crews still manage to plow these windy, narrow, steep roadways clean.

The roads are now clear after road crews worked through the night to insure the safety of people driving in this winter weather.

Road crews plan to begin pretreating roadways with a salt solution around five a.m.

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