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Feb 5, 2014 2:50 PM

Update On KYTC District 6 Snow Fighters

Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Robertson counties.

Covington - The below is the current status of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 snow and ice removal crews.

D 6 Snow Fighters will continue to clean up this afternoon from the latest snowstorm which also packed a punch of freezing rain. Crews will clean-up shoulders and intersections from the priority highways and interstates as well as get the secondary routes in the best possible condition. Once this is done, crews will be relieved to go home for a well deserved rest.

The District Office has received several phone calls today regarding our snow removal efforts. Our primary goal is to get our roads open as soon as possible during snow and ice storms. Our D 6 Snow Fighters have been working long hours and days getting the 4,500 lane miles in the best possible condition after each event. Unfortunately it is a part of the process and unavoidable that snow would be pushed back into driveway/walkway by our plows.

Please note that D 6 crews are not responsible for removing snow from private entrances or property. The District 6 Office suggests that you wait until the main route is clean before shoveling your driveway/sidewalk.

To view the priority route map for your county, click here.

As KYTC crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also be prepared for driving in snow and ice by following these tips:

• Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized - check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.
• Check the forecast and call 511 or visit 511.ky.gov/winteractivities for the latest condition reports before traveling. You can also get traffic information for the District 6 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTC.District6. Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
• Dress warmly for the weather -in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
• Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and to prepare for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
• Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
• Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
• Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment - Stay at least 5 car lengths behind plow trucks.
• Remember that bridges, overpasses, exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
• Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement - up to four times more distance. Make sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
• Be visible. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility, so drive using low-beam headlights.
• Steering when skidding. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. With newer vehicles with VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) the advice is to let the system handle the skid and to steer where you want to go and not over steer.

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