4:22pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Prepares for Winter

City officials in Lexington say they are ready for whatever Mother Nature might bring this winter. Sam Williams, director of the city's Division of Streets and Roads, says nearly 7,000 tons of salt is on hand and more is on order.
"Historical projections are that we use about 12 to 15,000 tons in a typical winter. So we plan for that."

City employees clear around 1,200 lane miles in Lexington, while the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is responsible for New Circle Road and the interstates. A crew was called out late Wednesday night to spot treat a few icy spots.

"We have about 40 production plow trucks and have about 90 or so employees from the various divisions that help us, primarily from Streets and Roads and Water Quality. We also have access to some people from Parks that help us," says Williams.

Lexington budgets one million dollars to cover salt purchases and employee overtime related to snow removal. Mayor Jim Gray says safety is his top priority in making sure the public can commute to work, home, and school during inclement weather. Click here to view Lexington's snow plan and a map of priority streets.