Louisville Metro is Battle Ready for Winter Weather

November 10, 2014

Louisville Metro’s Snow Team, on the heels of a relentless snow season last year, is ready for winter weather again, Mayor Greg Fischer declared today. Fischer was surrounded by the 265-member Snow Team and an assortment of plows and other snow fighting equipment during the announcement at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“These men and women answered the call seemingly every weekend last winter to leave their homes at all hours to make the roads safe for the rest of us, and they’re ready to do it again this year as often as necessary,” Fischer said.

The Snow Team is led by Metro Public Works and also includes Metro Parks, Codes & Regulations, and Fleet and Facilities. There are 160 pieces of snow fighting equipment used to treat and clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles of roads throughout Louisville’s 386 square miles.

The city will also continue the use of brine to pretreat roads ahead of snowfalls. Brine is a saltwater solution that reduces the adherence of snow and ice to pavement and reduces slick spots.

This year Louisville will begin the snow season with 40,000 tons of salt on hand, up from 35,000 tons at the start of the season last year. Most of the salt will be stored underground in Louisville Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Avenue, with about 13,000 tons distributed to four above ground locations where it will be loaded onto salt spreading vehicles as needed.

Additional highlights of the 2014-2015 snow plan include:

A Snow status map that allows citizens to track snow crews’ progress in their area online. Residents can enter an address to see whether a road has been salted or plowed before heading out. Visit www.louisvilleky.gov/publicworks to find the map.

 

Social Media, Citizens can follow the snow team’s progress on social media during snow events.  Sign up on Twitter @LouSnowPlow.

 

An overnight shift for Public Works, allowing an immediate response to snow, instead of calling out crews from their homes. When winter weather isn’t a threat, crews will repair potholes and road cracks that cause potholes when traffic flow is low. The shift also helps reduce overtime.

 

City snow routes are major roads, school and TARC bus routes, arteries to major local employers and hospital and emergency routes.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and private contractors clear about 600 miles in the city, and the remaining 1,000 miles are neighborhood streets that are only cleared when a snow emergency has been officially declared.

As a part of an ongoing agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, city crews will treat and clear state roads other than interstate highways---about 400 miles of roads—in Louisville. The state will continue to clear all interstates and ramps.

For more information about the snow plan call MetroCall at 311 or click here for the Snow Removal page.