snow plowFRANKFORT, Ky. (3/5/14) — Despite a lull in the winter storms that have pounded the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has advised its 12 highway districts to conserve salt supplies and focus on other conservation efforts in combating further snow and ice this season.

“Our snow plow operators are carrying a heavier burden in clearing our highways,” said KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock. “It’s a real challenge, but our crews are working hard to ensure our roads are safe and passable.”

Currently, the cabinet has less than 70,000 tons of salt on hand statewide. Historically, this amount has been more than enough for riding out the winter. But the cabinet wants to ensure that each county has enough salt to handle another snow and ice event.

To level supplies, salt has been shifted among highway districts, and the state’s emergency reserve, stored at the Mega Cavern in Louisville, has also been tapped. Plow operators have concentrated on clearing priority A routes first and transitioning to B and C routes afterward. The cabinet will reassess the distribution of salt if another snow and ice event occurs.

A national salt shortage, delays in salt deliveries and wave after wave of winter storms have hampered the cabinet’s snow and ice removal efforts. The cabinet has ordered more than 90,000 tons of salt, and shipments are expected in the coming weeks.

As salt deliveries trickle in, the cabinet has implemented conservation methods to preserve supplies.

These include:

  • During a wet snow with moderate temperatures (25 degrees and warmer), crews should be able to rely strictly on plowing operations to combat accumulation on roadways. Once the snowfall has ended and it is daylight, crews can begin light applications of salt in the cleanup phase.

  • Reducing application rates when applying salt. In most cases, an application rate of 180-200 pounds of salt per 2-lane mile would be sufficient during cleanup efforts. The customary application rate would be 250-400 lbs of salt per 2-lane mile.

  • On lower priority routes, where possible, crews can blend sand or small aggregates with the salt to extend supplies. In most cases, crews have to rely on plowing operations and warming temperatures to completely clear these routes.

This season, the cabinet has used more than 410,000 tons of salt, compared with 160,000 tons at this point in 2013.

Snow and ice operations have cost the cabinet more than $53 million this year.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Man Accused of Choking Girlfriend, Threatening to Kill Her

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/6/15) — A Madisonville man was charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment and other charges after… Read More

Traffic Stop Leads to Investigation, Charges

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/6/15) — According to a Kentucky State Police report, KSP were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint… Read More
1 DOW 17,776.91
+93.33 (0.53%)    
2 S&P 2,081.34
+12.58 (0.61%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,997.46
+5.52 (0.11%)    

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 15592

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 8167

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 4209

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
July 01, 2015 3550

Police Seeking Public Help in Locating Subject…

by SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 3441

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 2, 2015

by Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45955

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 15592

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 06, 2015 3166

Man Accused of Choking Girlfriend, Threatening to…

by SurfKY News
July 07, 2015 1928

White Plains Man Accused of Firing Shotgun at Car…

by SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 1925

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
July 06, 2015 1353

Driving on Suspended License, Alleged Fleeing…

by SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 1329

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 990

KLC to Hold Free OSHA Training for West Kentucky

by Daniel Lowry
July 07, 2015 763

Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Two MPD…

by SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 736

Kentuckians Touched by Organ Donation Featured on…

by Karen McKnight
July 06, 2015 730

Swingin' for Sadie Scholarship Recipients

by Karen Robinson
July 06, 2015 711

City Launches New Website, Online Payment System

by Leslie Curneal