Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snow accumulation makes clearing roadways difficult

HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 – Saturday, January 23, 2016 – 7:00 a.m. – By about 3 o'clock this morning accumulations in District 12 ranged from 10 inches in the southern part (Letcher County) to about 16 inches in the northern area (Lawrence County).

Snow is still falling. We have 68 state trucks and 26 contract trucks plowing and clearing. A few B routes were plowed during the night, but you probably cannot tell it by now. We are back to A routes, as we must keep them cleared for emergency vehicles and so that we can get back to our lots to re-fill the trucks.

Again today, stay off the roads. Yesterday evening the National Weather Service update estimated that we would have 6 to 12 inches of snow overnight and today -- that's 6 to 12 inches on top of what we already had going into the evening hours yesterday.

Two contract graders were dispatched from Pike County to plow on US 23 from the Boyd County line back. A third was dispatched to the four-lane section of KY 3 in Floyd, Johnson, and Martin counties and to KY 645 in Martin and Lawrence counties.

No reports yet of trees or power lines down on state-maintained roads. A few roads were temporarily blocked at various times yesterday and during the evening hours because vehicles had slid crossways of the road or into medians and ditchlines. No reports of major wrecks, thankfully. That is probably because people are taking heed and staying off the highways, and we thank them for that. 

It helps our crews work in a safer environment so that we can be more efficient and effective.