KYTC Reminds Drivers of Safety Resources During Icy Conditions

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KYTC District 7 crews worked overnight into this morning, patrolling and treating areas as necessary. Icy conditions are reported for the 12 counties in the district. (District 7 includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott, and Woodford Counties)

Bridges, overpasses, and ramps typically freeze before surface-level roadways. Low temperatures can create black ice on wet pavement — even on previously treated roadways. Motorists should use extreme caution during the morning commute.

Weather information stations across Kentucky provide data to the Transportation Operations Center in Frankfort. The TOC is staffed 24 hours per day, and distributes information to the twelve highway districts across the state.

Plan your route during winter weather:

·         access links, and apps for the latest traffic and travel information

·         check weather reports, and adjust your starting time

·         let others know when to expect you

Tips for driving safely from NHTSA:  http://www.nhtsa.gov/

Forecast from the National Weather Service:  https://www.weather.gov/lmk/weatherstory

Information about KYTC snow & ice removal efforts:  http://snowky.ky.gov 

Motorists can request the SAFE Patrol by calling: #SAFE (#7233)

o   SAFE Patrol Sponsored by State Farm – Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies – operates seven days a week on Kentucky interstates and parkways. 

o   SAFE Patrol drivers are equipped with blankets, shovels, reflective cones, auto fluids and other equipment to get motorists back on the road safely.