WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed October 24, 2012
Transportation Cabinet Prepares for Winter Weather
Although the weather in Kentucky in recent days seems far removed from the snow and ice of winter, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for the weather that's expected to arrive in upcoming months. This year they'll be utilizing some new computer technology to help them treat the roads in an effective manner.
The Transportation Cabinet says last year's relatively mild winter has helped to replenish salt supplies in the state. Nancy Albright, the Director of the Cabinet's Division of Maintenance says, "We have what I'd like to call an above average quantity of salt on hand." Albright says the Cabinet feels "as secure as possible" that they will be equipped to handle what the winter may bring.
Albright says new software, developed in the state Iowa, is also expected to result in more efficient use of salt on Kentucky's roadways this year. Drivers who will be operating snow plows this season have already completed training in many parts of the Commonwealth.