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Snow Removal Plans - Tips for Adverse Weather

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Snow Removal Plans

Preparing for Adverse Weather Conditions

The City is required to plow all City streets within a 24 hour period from the end of the storm. The snow season is typically considered to run from mid-November to late March. For any questions regarding the City's snow removal schedule, please call 859-292-2292.

Covington snow crews pretreated our priority routes earlier today in preparation for this evening's snow events. The entire snow team has reported at 6:00 and is ready to fight tonight’s snow & ice event.  We will remain on duty through the night/morning as long as the snow continues.

Motorists, please be mindful of salt trucks and give them the room that they need to remove snow.  Please allow extra time for your commute and take it slow in the snow!

BE AWARE of the possible ice in this event!

REMEMBER- City DPI Maintenance crews have responsibility for clearing 290 miles of city-maintained streets and alleyways. Maintenance crews are prepared to work to keep roads in the best possible condition during winter weather.

The City has approximately 1,800 tons of salt on hand in its storage dome located at the DPI facility on Boron Drive.

As DPI crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also be prepared for driving in snow and ice by following these tips provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

  • 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 visitwww.511.ky.gov/ 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.
  • Remember that bridges and 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.
  • Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

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

Most importantly always buckle up!

For more information contact DPI at 859.292.2292 or visit the KYTC website at http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx


Posted on December 12, 2013.