Transportation crews keeping an eye on roads


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photographer - Mason Watkins

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - While our weather team keeps an eye on the skies, there are a lot of transportation crews keeping an eye on the roads.

McCracken County Road Supervisor Perry Mason had his crew hit the roads at about 2:30 this afternoon. He hopes to have all 700 miles pretreated this evening and have all 14 drivers on stand by

"This stuff is going to be very slick, very slick. So slow down and take your time," Mason said.

But county crews will act fast again with the first reports of ice. State road crews are also on stand by.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson Keith Todd says they chose not to pretreat roads because of the rain, but warmer pavement temperatures played in their favor.

Both crews are prepared to be out all night but say the harder work will come tomorrow, because the roads will freeze and it will be a race against time. They'll need to try and melt as much of the ice and sleet before temperatures drop even lower.

"Once temperatures drop below 18 degrees, it diminishes the impact of our salt and calcium chloride so Friday we are really going to be busy trying to get everything treated," Todd says.

The KYTC feels that electric companies are better prepared after the 2009 storm. They say they've been aggressively cutting down trees ever since and are more prepared for outages as well.