Friday, January 22, 2016

Johnson, Lawrence counties experiencing whiteout conditions

HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 – Friday, January 22, 2016 – Heavy snowfall and high winds have created whiteout conditions on many roads in Johnson and Lawrence counties.

Darold Slone, District 12 Engineering Branch Manager, is on KY 32 in Lawrence County at the present time. “This is the road we have to travel to get back to our maintenance garage,” he said. “You can’t see the lane markers. We plow and it is covered right back with a new coating of snow. US 23 is in about the same shape.”

Slone said conditions are treacherous right now. “We’ve pulled trucks off other A routes to help the trucks we already had on US 23, and I know that’s going to upset some people, but if we can’t get to US 23 and we can’t get back to our salt dome, we can’t do anything.”

He said there is not a lot of traffic on the roadways, which is a blessing, but he wants people to know that we are working as hard as we can with little headway right now because of the snowfall and the general weather conditions.

“These are the worst conditions I’ve seen today,” Slone said. He traveled to Lawrence County from Pike County and said that when he got to Johnson County visibility started to become very limited. “Now it’s more or less whiteout conditions, at least on the roads I’ve been on.”

Slone urged people to stay at home or at work or wherever they are until conditions improve. “It is absolutely not safe to be out right now.”