Elizabethtown motorists face icy commute


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on March 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Just to our south in Elizabethtown, this latest winter storm did a number on the roadways making many impassable.

That area saw more freezing rain first which made it tough for road crews to do their jobs.

All that can be seen throughout the streets of Elizabethtown is a slushy, icy mess.

“The roads on 62 are solid snow and ice packed,” Kevin Philburn, a motorist, said.

From near the interstate to the heart of downtown, traffic was slow going. Very few if any roads are clear.

"It's been terrible. We came up 65 there and it was bumper to bumper. It's been terrible," Dale Baker, Grounds Crew Lawn and Landscape Co., said.

Dale Baker has a landscaping company and he's been busy plowing all morning.

"I just did the Arby’s lot and we are heading there now. So I don't know how it's gonna be. But it's terrible," Baker said.

“Officials here in Elizabethtown say they have had crews out since 1 o’ clock this morning. But as you can see the roads still look bad and are treacherous."

One of the reasons, the roads are a mess here is the freezing rain started earlier and lasted a little longer.

"A lot more ice, a lot less snow. I don't think there was as much snow as predicted," Philburn said.

There’s not as much snow but it certainly has hampered driving conditions, making it tough for even the most experienced drivers.

“I drove a truck for years and I’m used to it. This is nothing compared to what they get in Colorado.  We don't get enough for people to know how to drive in it," Cordell Wooten, a motorist, said.