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Daviess County Roads Department Ready for Winter Weather

As Owensboro saw its first major snowfall on Wednesday, the Daviess County Roads Department spoke about how they've been preparing

Posted: Jan 27, 2021 6:37 PM

A mix of powdery snow and icy showers fell down in Owensboro on Wednesday. 

Kentucky state troopers were on call to be mobilized to any part of the bluegrass that needed extra assistance due to this winter weather, and the Daviess County Road Department had been making preparations in case the snowfall got bad. 

“We’ve got our fleet of trucks hooked up and ready to go with the snow plows and the salt bins," said Mark Brasher, the county engineer of Daviess Cotuny. Currently, our plan is to have a full crew come in tonight at 7 o’clock till 7 in the morning, so hopefully we have roads ready for people to go to work in the morning and for kids to go to school.”

Owensboro Catholic sent students home at 1:00 pm today, and OPS sent teachers home at noon on Wednesaday.

And Wednesday isn’t the first day that the county has been working to keep roads safe during winter conditions.

“Looking at filling in a lot of potholes," said Brasher.  Obviously, if you hit a pothole with the blade, it tends to make them bigger, and then if they’re covered up with snow, then people can’t see them and avoid them. We’re doing a lot of ditch work so we can get the melted snow off the road.”

And Brasher had advice for bluegrass drivers as the first snowfall touched down.

“Every year it’s a re-learning process. I’ve seen it for my entire career. People just have to re-learn that they can’t stop as quick. They can’t make as sharp of turns. Biggest advice is to, obviously, always drive cautiously.”

OPS and DCPS both were virtual on Wednesady, and both school systems said they’re waiting to see how the roads look on Wednesday night, once it gets colder, before they make a decision for tomorrow.

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