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Lexington road crews prepare for another round of winter weather

Posted at 11:18 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 23:41:14-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Yet another round of winter weather is predicted to hit the commonwealth Wednesday as crews are still working round the clock to clear ice and snow left by Monday's storm.

Rob Allen, Director of Streets and Roads in Lexington, said road crews have been working 12-hour shifts to plow streets since last Wednesday.

After a while, the shifts can become a blur, Allen said, especially for those working overnight.

"Your body gets acclimated to night shift and then we put you back on day duty. Physically it starts to take a toll," he said.

The biggest threat to the city is ice, he said, as trees and power lines are still coated from previous storms.

"We haven't had temperatures above freezing for quite some time, so we'd like to see some melting," he said. "Hopefully, we'll dodge that bullet. We've been really lucky so far. Even though we've had some icing we haven't seen major tree failure."

Drivers can help road crews by driving at an appropriate speed and staying off the roads when it's not safe.

"Folks need to be patient," Allen said. "They need to give us time to treat the roads and it's just a matter of, you know, applying resources to it."