Nicholas County using new alert system for winter

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NICHOLAS COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Nicholas County road crew drivers say the winter's been pretty easy so far this year.

"We've been doing it for so long, we take it as it comes," road crew supervisor Mike Watkins said.

There are more than 160 lane miles of the road in the county; Watkins says most of them are clear. He says the county salt barn is nearly full too with nearly 300 tons of salt.

Watkins says his crews are mixing the salt with an ash designed to make for better traction for drivers. He says this also helps stretch the salt supply.

While this is the way they've been treating the roads for years, county officials have added another powerful tool; it's called Code Red.

"We can go in and do a recorded message or we can type it in and it'll generate a digital voice and it says what we want to say. It's extremely handy," Nicholas County Judge Executive Mike Pryor said.

Pryor says county dispatch can highlight any portion of the county and Code Red sends out an automated telephone message. He says the program can be used for road closures, boil water advisories or even alerts from the Sheriff's Department.

Preyor says nearly 40% of the county is signed up for alerts; his goal is 100%.



 
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