Snow Removal

 

Louisville Snow & Ice Removal Plan

Click here to see a map of our plowing/salting progress during snow events

Objective

Make Metro roads safe for travel by the motoring public

Snow Team

The nearly 300-member Louisville Metro Snow Team is led by Public Works and also includes employees of Metro Parks, Codes & Regulations, and Fleet Services. The Snow Team uses 160 pieces of equipment to clear 1,362 miles of road in Louisville.

Roads included in our routes
  • Arterials get top priority: they are the major commuting paths through the city
  • Collector roads are second on the list: they run between and feed traffic onto arterial roads
  • Connections to major local employers, hospitals and emergency routes.

Neighborhood streets are not included in the snow routes. Interstate highways and associated ramps are cleared by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Treatment stages based on snow/ice conditions
Brine pretreatment

A liquid salt mixture is sprayed on the roads before a storm begins. Brine interferes with the bonding of snow and ice to roads during the early part of the storm, making later salting or plowing more efficient.

Stage I: Salting trouble spots

Light snow or freezing of wet pavement create isolated slippery conditions that require spreading salt on bridges, overpasses and observed slick spots.

Stage II: Salting of snow routes

Snowfall up to about two inches of accumulation results in salting our entire system of 110 snow routes to melt the snow.

Stage III: Plowing of snow routes

Plowing operations typically begin when snow accumulation exceeds approximately two inches. Multiple plowing/salting passes will be done if snow continues to accumulate.