Kentucky and Indiana road crews spent Wednesday preparing roads for winter | News


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Temperatures drop below freezing Thursday, and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Kentucky Cabinet of Transportation (KYTC) spent hours Wednesday spraying brine on roads and highways.

Although it was hard to see, the brine shows up in fine chalky lines and helps prevent the roads from freezing.

KYTC District 5 is responsible for approximately 3,500 miles of single-lane roadway in Bullitt, Henry, Franklin, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. District 5 said it prepared the roads on Wednesday and contractors are expected to hit the road at 9 a.m. Thursday.

INDOT said it’s always a good reminder before the first round of winter for drivers to mentally prepare to slow down. And if you see snow plows or ice melting trucks to keep your distance.

“Try not to skip them unless you absolutely have to,” said Natalie Garrett, public relations director for INDOT. “Be very careful if you have to pass them. They have blind spots. They are big vehicles. We want to keep everyone safe, including our drivers and passengers.”

INDOT and KYTC said they are well stocked and so far.

If you are not going in winter, there is still preparation at home. Brownsboro Hardware and Paint said it was busy Wednesday with customers getting supplies like snow and ice melters, snow shovels, furnace filters and faucet protectors.

The outside faucets would be the first to freeze. If you don’t have a protector, you can use an old pool noodle. Brownsboro Hardware and Paint owner Doug Carroll said he would open Thursday if anyone needed last-minute supplies.

“It’s a great honor to support local to support my customers,” he said. “I know so many of them on a personal level, and offering things to help them stay safe in this weather is very important.”

Last year, Brownsboro Hardware and Paint sold 100 tons of ice melter. The company said it had another truck load of salt on Wednesday night and had around seven tonnes at the moment.

Carroll said a lot of people also bought sleds on Wednesday.

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