This week’s snowfall and ice across parts of Kentucky are taking a toll on the Transportation Cabinet’s salt supply. Spokesman Chris Jessie says District 4 – which includes Hardin, Hart, Larue and eight other surrounding counties, has had to order reinforcements and borrow from the reserve stock in Louisville.
“We’re keeping close watch on the forecast through this upcoming week,” said Jessie. “So while we have salt on hand in our District 4 counties, if we continue to get these rounds of snow and ice as we’ve had over the past week, our situation will become more critical.”
He says crews are currently using salt “wisely”, but if supplies continue to diminish they may have to resort to conservation efforts. He says that means treating only main routes and those roadways with the highest volume of traffic.
“We want to be sure motorists understand this potential conservation method before we have to implement it,” said Jessie.
As of last week, the Transportation Cabinet said that crews had spread more than 220,000 tons of salt across the state this winter.
The widening of Interstate 65 to three lanes in each direction continues to move northward.
The next phase of the I-65 widening is between mile points 58 and 65, pushing north from Horse Cave and covering the Munfordville interchange. Work crews will close the outside lanes heading north and south this week in preparation of the paving of temporary lanes where shoulders currently exist.
Scotty’s Contracting—which has a nearly $64 million contract for the project—will install temporary barrier wall and begin work in the median.
Closures will take place each day through Thursday between 6 am and 5pm central, with traffic delays possible during peak afternoon hours.
Motorists are also cautioned that a speed limit reduction to 55 miles per hour will be in place through the new work zone.
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund has provided funding to help purchase a 90-acre tract in Hart County so that it can be preserved. Frenchman's Knob, just northeast of Bonnieville, will eventually be open to the public for hiking, bird watching and educational programs.
Today through Saturday, a tire amnesty drop-off program will be available in Hart County, Kentucky. Its part of a regional re-cycling effort that is designed to help reduce improper tire disposal. The Environmental Protection Agency says old tires account for about two percent of the solid waste disposal in the U.S.