State sets snow and ice removal priorities for winter season
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways has established priority routes for snow and ice removal for the upcoming winter season in Perry County.
The Department of Highways is responsible for keeping approximately 251 miles of state-maintained roadway in Perry County passable in inclement weather. It sets snow removal priorities according to the amount and nature of traffic on the routes within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, routes in the county. Other roads fall into Priority C.
In Perry County, Priority A highways are the Hal Rogers Parkway, KY 7, KY 15, KY 80, KY 476, KY 550, KY 699 and portions of KY 28 and KY 451.
“We have already had an accumulating snow this month, although it didn’t impact travel conditions,” said Corbett Caudill, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10. “Forecasters are calling for more snow and cold weather for this winter than we’ve had in years past. The Transportation Cabinet recognizes how important roadway conditions are to Kentucky motorists. We are dedicated to keeping state highways clear and safe for travel. Our snow removal crews will work long, hard hours during the winter to keep our highways passable.”
“We ask drivers to be patient during snow removal operations,” Caudill added. “Drivers should slow down, keep an eye out for snowplows, and remember to buckle up to ensure their safety. Our crews will work as fast as they can to clear the highways.”
Again this year, District 10 will use Twitter and Facebook to provide current, updated reports on road conditions when weather-related emergencies occur. These social media outlets are available on home computers and Internet-enabled smartphones.
“Our use of social media and the Internet continues to grow and evolve,” Caudill said, “and we plan to make full use of these services this winter. We urge motorists to check these sources before they leave home to know the status of our highways during winter weather events.”
For the latest road conditions in bad weather, motorists may also dial 511 to hear traffic and travel information. Signs have been erected throughout the 10 counties of District 10 to promote the 511 service. Maps showing the snow removal priority routes may be viewed at http://go.usa.gov/gmDe.
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