Highway Department Crews and Towing Companies Ready for Winter Weather

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"The safest measure to take is to just lower your speed," said Highway Superintendent Paul Keith.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- With the anticipation of a slippery night, crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have kept a close eye on road conditions in our area.

Crews that have been out working all afternoon and into the evening, monitoring the roads in Warren county, checking to make sure that rain that's been falling all day has not turned into ice.

"We're just kind of on stand by. We've loaded the trucks. We've called in some contract trucks from TS. They are out on the interstate, and if the temperature drops, immediately we'll be able to start applying salt," said Highway Superintendent Paul Keith.

While the transportation cabinet is trying to prevent slick roadways, one local towing service is prepared just in case someone happens to hit a slippery spot.

"What we're going to see is alot of people that don't understand you have no control when it's ice, and you go to hit the brake and you slide, you think you're going to turn your steering wheel left or right, and you have no control over it. You'll see the rear wheel drive, the back end will go to the front, and you'll start spinning. We tend to see alot more rear wheel drive vehicles we pull out of the ditch," said Southside Towing Owner Randy Huff.

Huff says just as the transportation cabinet prepares the roads for this weather, you should prepare your car.

"Just take a few minutes to rotate your tires, check and make sure you've got coolant. We always recommend you keep blankets in your vehicle." You never know when something's going to happen," said Huff.

"The safest measure to take is to just lower your speed," said Keith.

With some snow in tomorrow's forecast, Keith says his job is no where near finished.

"We are actually making some salt brine tonight to put out tomorrow for the storm that's coming tomorrow night," said Keith.

Keith says by the end of the weekend, his crews will probably have used several tons of salt. He says in preparation for the possiblity of snow tomorrow evening, they will begin putting salt on the roads as early as tomorrow morning.


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