The Public Works Division of Louisville Metro maintains a dynamic map displaying information about the designated snow routes for the County. By clicking here users can see which streets have been cleared during a snow event. Likewise, users may see which roadways are yet to be plowed. This information can help in planning routes to/from work or other locations within Jefferson County. Get live updates on street clearing progress from the comfort of your own home. You can even enter an address to learn about a specific location or click right on the map to get more details. Note that the map will open in a new window.
Note that only main thoroughfares or heavily traveled streets, TARC routes, and roads near schools, hospitals, and major employers are considered as “snow routes.” The interstate roadways and ramps are cleared by equipment and personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
More Details on Snow Removal
The Louisville Metro Snow Team is made up nearly 300 employees from four agencies – Metro Public Works, Solid Waste Management Services, Metro Parks, and Codes and Regulations. The Snow Team uses 160 pieces of equipment to clear 1,362 miles of roadway in Louisville. The total two-lane miles covered by crews on designated snow routes equals 2,721 miles.
Louisville’s snow routes focus on major roads, schools, TARC bus routes, and arteries to local employers as well as hospital and emergency routes.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and private contractors clear more than 700 miles of roadway within Jefferson County. There are about 1,000 miles of neighborhood streets that are not cleared, except during a declared snow emergency.
As a part of an ongoing agreement with KYTC, city crews will treat and clear most state roads and highways. That equals about 315 miles of roads in Louisville, including roads such as Shelbyville Road, Beulah Church Road and Dixie Highway. The state will continue to clear all interstates and ramps.
Before a snow or ice event hits, the snow team also pretreats roads using brine. The city owns two brine-makers which, together, can produce 10,000 gallons of the salt-solution in an hour. The solution is sprayed on dry pavement to 930+ miles of brine routes. These target main thoroughfares, hills and overpasses. Brine prevents moisture from adhering to the roadways and helps diminish icy roads.
The city’s salt storage facilities are well-stocked and ready to fight winter weather. Before the season’s first snowflake, the city had 35,000 tons of salt available, including 15,000 tons on hand under salt domes and storage facilities as well as 20,000 tons stored underground for emergency reserve.
During winter months, Public Works crews move to a night shift for snow operations and pothole repairs. The night shift allows an immediate response to snow or ice, instead of calling out crews from their homes.
When winter weather isn’t a threat, crews are available to repair road cracks and potholes during overnight hours when traffic flow is low. The late shift also helps reduce overtime.
Snow Removal in Suburban Cities
Many Suburban Cities contract with local snow removal providers who sees that suburban city streets are cleared of snow or icy patches. If you have questions regarding snow removal in your city contact your City’s elected officials.