Road crews preparing for 2nd round of winter weather

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY – When the weather is bad, we tell you to stay off the roads if you can. That’s partly so crews can more easily clear whatever wintry mix is on the road, so you can get where you need to go.

Crews are hopeful they can tackle whatever is on the ground. But for those who have to get out and drive at night, they know how to handle it.

Before any winter storm, there’s a checklist.

“We’ve done about all we can do on our equipment,” McCracken County Road Engineer Randy Williams says. “The guys, we’re going to go back over their routes with them to make sure they know what the priority routes are for this event.”

But unfortunately, there is one piece of new equipment that won’t be much use this time around. The McCracken County Road Department built a brine truck themselves. Williams says, because they’re expecting rain, all they can do is ready the salt and plow trucks until then.

The last winter storm knocked out most of their salt supply by about two-thirds. But, road crews believe what they have left should be more than enough to get them through this week’s storm.

Chris Pennington says he will be out on the roads if they’re salted or not Tuesday night.

“Just try and keep it quick. The quicker you do it, the more deliveries you make and the more money you make,” he says.

For him, ice means more pizza out the door. “We definitely get an uptick in our deliveries when there’s ice,” the Michael’s Pizza delivery driver says.

But, driving on the slick stuff, its safety — not pizza — that comes first.

“Always be careful. Always take your time,” Pennington says, “If you’re going somewhere you’re not comfortable, you don’t have to do it.”

Crews also ask you to try not to have your car parked on the road tonight. That way tomorrow morning it’s easier to clear whatever ice sleet is on the roads.

There are more than 900 roads across McCracken county.


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