Elderly Lexington man’s driveway blocked as crews work to clear roads

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Road crews are back at it Wednesday morning, trying to get as much done on Lexington’s streets and roads as they can before another winter system moves in tomorrow.

We’ve been saying for about a week now that roads are going to be pretty slick as a result of all these winter storms and we’re still seeing that.

Man O’War at Sir Barton Way is looking better than yesterday, but still not in great condition, and that area is a main, high-priority road in Lexington.

When you get on side roads, secondary, third-tier roads, then you’re going to see quality drastically drop.

We’re still seeing a lot of snow-covered side roads and honestly, when you get out of your car and walk around in those areas it almost sounds like walking over a wooden floor or knocking on a hollow wall.

That’s because it’s not just snow on these roads. Underneath there, is that compacted down layer of slush, sleet and ice. So, even once a plow gets the snow out of the way there’s still, even more, to contend with.

Crews are working hard and working fast to get as much done as possible, but we spoke with one man who said he’d appreciate it if crews would take a bit more time to watch they’re putting this snow.

For 20 years, Deward Walton says he’s seen the same problem at his home off of Polo Club Boulevard every time winter weather strikes.

He says crews pile snow and ice up at the end of his driveway and, at 78 years old, it could take him upwards of 4-5 hours to break up the chunks.

“I was able to handle this four years ago but now it’s a little difficult,” he said.

Still, Deward tells us he respects all the work the plow drivers are doing.

“I have nothing but praise for the transportation department and the way they’ve cleared the roads and tried to keep up with everything as difficult as it is,” Walton said. “I know they’re busy and they’re on a heavy schedule and it’s difficult for them, but it’s also difficult for me to do this.”

We’ve reached out to the transportation department to ask about situations like the Walton’s but we have not been contacted yet.

Remember, don’t go out if you don’t have to. If you have to: be extremely cautious. Add extra room and extra time.

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