Road crews salting roads in Ky.; drivers urged to use caution


by WHAS11

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 7:58 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Use caution a lot of snow has come down in the last couple of hours, there have been many slide offs on area roadways.

Many big businesses like Humana letting employees off early at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, UofL also shut down at 3.

WHAS11's Joe Arnold has been checking in with city crews, click on the video player above.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released the following news release:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 road crews are salting highways as a mixture of freezing rain and sleet falls across Louisville and surrounding counties.  Most routes have wet pavement due to road temperatures staying above freezing.  Some counties are reporting patches of ice, so motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and be alert.

Snow is forecasted through the early evening hours with the heaviest precipitation occurring during rush hour.  Drivers should give a wide berth to snow removal equipment. 

A shift change for state and contract forces will take place at 4 p.m.  Road crews will salt and plow roadways through the evening and if necessary, during the overnight hours.

District 5 personnel have the responsibility for clearing more than 3,500 single lane miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Bullitt, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.  157 state and contract trucks are utilized to salt and plow the roadways in these eight counties with 68 of these trucks concentrated on the interstates in Jefferson County.  Per an agreement with Louisville Metro government, the Metro Department of Public Works will be clearing snow and ice from all state routes in Jefferson County, excluding interstates.

To view the priority network for snow removal by county, go to

Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website at  Road conditions are described in the following manner:

Wet Pavement – The roadway is wet. Ice could form as temperatures drop.

Partly Covered – The roadway is partly covered with snow, slush or ice.  Markings may be obscured.

Mostly Covered – The roadway is mostly covered with snow, slush or ice. Roadway markers may be difficult to see because of packed snow and rutting conditions.

Completely Covered – The roadway is completely covered with snow, slush or ice and markings are obscured.

Impassable – Roadway conditions are not suitable for travel unless required by an emergency.