© 2024 WEKU
Lexington's Radio News Leader
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Service to 90.9 WEKH and 88.5 WEKC has been restored. Thank you for your patience.

State officials urge caution as Kentucky roads remain treacherous with ice and snow

Site where Kentuckians can find out about road conditions
snowky.ky.gov
Site where Kentuckians can find out about road conditions

Crews are working to clear Kentucky's roads after snow and ice fell made conditions unsafe across much of the commonwealth. Officials say Kentucky will have a force of over 2,000 people, plus around 14-hundred plow trucks to deploy around the commonwealth, that includes both state trucks and private contractors.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said his department has been preparing for severe winter weather since the summer.

“Lot of planning involved, lot of equipment preparation, ordering and stockpiling of supplies like salt, training of our plow drivers, contracting for independent plow operators to supplement our state forces.”

Gray said it is important to use caution around the service vehicles working on the icy roads.

Below freezing temperatures make treating them difficult because salt and other agents do not work as fast.

Gray said there will be a lot people working to clear the roads the next few days.

“We will have a force of over 2,000 people, plus around 14-hundred plow trucks to deploy around the commonwealth, that includes both state trucks and private contractors.”

Grays says they are prepared for this kind of weather. They being preparations during the summer with the stockpiling of salt, training of drivers and finding contractors. More winter weather is expected in the coming days, so drivers are being asked to use extreme caution.

** WEKU is working hard to be a leading source for public service, and fact-based journalism. Monthly supporters are the top funding source for this growing nonprofit news organization. Please join others in your community who support WEKU by making your donation.

Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
WEKU depends on support from those who view and listen to our content. There's no paywall here. Please support WEKU with your donation.
Related Content