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Mar 3, 2014 6:09 AM

Update On KYTC District 6 Snow Fighters

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

Covington - After seeing a Sunday that brought a mix of sleet and freezing rain followed by accumulating snow, D 6 Snow Fighters have been working throughout the night to find the pavement on the Northern Kentucky highways and interstates.

The Monday morning commute is going to be a slow go. All roads, including interstates are still covered. Crews are mostly plowing at this point, with light salt applications. Currently traffic is light but moving along well, but that will likely change once volumes increase.

Drivers are reminded if they need to travel to allow themselves extra time and lots o patience this morning. Keep it slow and steady. District 6 Snow Fighters will continue to work throughout the morning to get state highways and interstates in the best possible condition.

Maintenance crews in KYTC District 6 have responsibility for clearing 2,000 miles of state-maintained highways in all counties. That equates to more than 4,500 "lane miles" - all driving lanes from rural state roads to interstate highways. District 6 state maintenance crews are prepared to work to keep roads in the best possible condition during winter weather.

District 6 currently has 7,000 tons of salt on hand in its storage domes located at the state maintenance facilities and 123 trucks available to treat state highways and interstates. In the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties there are 61 trucks are available for snow and ice removal - three of which will concentrate solely on the "Cut in the Hill", the six mile section of I-75 between Buttermilk Pike and the Brent Spence Bridge.

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.

If you don't do your job, you can inhibit our capability to do ours.

Most importantly always buckle up!

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