With the area having been under the first winter weather advisory of the season late Monday into early this morning, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 8 office in Somerset says they stand ready for any upcoming winter weather duty with more than 22,000 tons of salt on hand. That salt combined with more than 80 snowplows, salt spreaders and other equipment is ready when called upon in Russell and surrounding counties that make up District 8.
During this latest event, crews reported for duty at midnight and were treating roadways as necessary.
When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes while other roads fall into Priority C.