Road Crews Prepare For Winter Weather To Keep Drivers Safe

WARREN CO., Ky. -- While Bowling Green didn't get as much ice as initially expected, surrounding counties saw significant winter weather Friday night.

With another winter storm expected to hit Saturday night, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and drivers agree you can't be too prepared as severe weather is often hit or miss.

Keeping an eye on the weather and the roads ahead, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working around the clock this weekend to make sure drivers are safe.

"See the lines here on the road? That's where we put down salt brine earlier this morning, and we will probably continue on until we get the interstate, parkways and U.S. routes done," said Paul Keith, Highway Superintendent.

Keith says brine -- a mix of salt and water -- sometimes is enough to keep a light dusting of snow or layer of ice from freezing too much.

They can't use brine if there's rain, but it sticks better than dry salt on days like Saturday.

"Thankfully the rain has gone away, so now we can get out and pre-treat the roads, and we'll just have to monitor it tonight and if we need to come back out with salt we'll do that," said Wes Watt, the Public Information Officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3.

Road crews also treated roads Friday night even though Bowling Green did not end up with as much ice as expected.

"We would rather err on the side of caution, and there probably were some slick spots out in certain rural areas of the roads, so it's better to go ahead and treat them," Watt said.

Drivers agree there's no such thing as too much preparation when it comes to roads.

"It was still pretty wet and it was still really slippery -- I know I was slipping around my porch all day -- so I'm glad they took precautions that they needed to," said one driver, Joi Bunch.

Bunch was glad to hear the road crews were already prepping for Saturday night.

"Just makes the roads safer for motorists and that's what our goal is," Keith said.

They say they have plenty of salt to go around for the more than 70 trucks in our district as these winter weather threats keep popping up.

Watt says if you have to be out and about on icy roads, drive slowly and leave plenty of space in front of, next to and behind you, so you'll have plenty of reaction time if you hit a slick spot.


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