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Friday, December 14, 2012

Lexington ready for winter weather with stockpile of 5,550 tons of salt, 49 trucks

If the Christmas season brings snow, Lexington’s ready, says Mayor Jim Gray.

“The salt barn’s full, the trucks are ready to roll and the drivers are prepared,” Gray said. “Of course, we’re hoping winter weather remains mild (with the exception of getting a few flakes on Christmas eve). But if the weather is frightful, we’ll be out pre-treating, salting and plowing.”

The city has a stockpile of 5,500 tons of salt and 49 vehicles ready to hit the streets. The city salts or plows 1,100 lane miles.

“Last year’s winter was mild and we had salt left over. We had a head start this year,” said Sam Williams, Director of the Division of Streets and Roads.

The city’s snow plan, which includes information on priority streets and snow emergencies, is available at lexingtonky.gov.