State crews clear highways for morning commute, JCPS closed

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by Adrianna Hopkins

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 10 at 10:42 AM

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Salt trucks and plows have been out all night, trying to clear the snow. But as the wind blows it back on the roads the snow and slush is freezing.

Jefferson County Public Schools are closed Wednesday.

"Get Kevin to check all the ramps at 71 and the freeway," said John Miller, with KY Department of Transportation.

Doling out commands - that's what John Miller, Superintendent to Middletown Maintenance, will do until his shift ends at midnight.

"I'm going out and monitoring the roads to see what we need to salt and plow and get crews to where they're needed," he said.

As we rode along with John on the Watterson, I-64 and I-71, we found the highways looked pretty good. But they're not perfect. And that's thanks to the wind. Which blew snow onto the lanes of the interstate.

"It will blow across and will hit the salt brine mixture and it will adhere to the ground and cause some slick spots," said John.

Which is why the crews John dispatches will continually drop this salt and calcium chloride mixture onto the roads. As cars drive over it, it turns into a brine, which melts the snow. Simultaneously, those trucks are plowing, pushing the snow from the lanes back into the shoulder. The hope is that thanks to all the work overnight, the highways Wednesday morning will look clear, instead of snow covered.

"We don't have too much slush out there right now, it's more water than anything. And as long as we're applying the salt then we're going to make a brine and the brine will keep it from freezing and we should be fine overnight," said John.

Jefferson County Public Schools are closed Wednesday.

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