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City seeks input for its snow route plan

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Many are enjoying the Fall colors as the city gets ready for the winter season. But at the city's facility on Newburg Road, you'll find brine and calcium, salt trucks and a fully stocked, 3,000-ton salt pile.

"Last year, we paid 56 and 20 odd cents per ton, and this year we're paying just under $83 per ton," Metro Public Works spokesman Harold Adam said. "So it's a big jump."

Adams says with a new order coming in, the city will have 40,000 tons of salt on hand. That's about how much was used in all of last year. He says the city is also making some tweaks to its snow route plan.

"We've made a few little changes with input from council persons.," he said. "Some particularly hilly areas connected to major streets that were not on snow routes were added and some flat areas that were once on TARC routes for instance now were removed."

For the first time, the city will hold a public meeting to present the newly updated routes used for treating roads during snow and ice events. City officials are also asking for input on which roads you want treated.

"It's really a resource issue," Adams said. "It comes down to money. If we had unlimited funding, we could treat every street in the Metro. That would cost an astronomical sum. So you have to triage. We do the major streets, the TARC routes and emergency routes and that sort of thing."

The Louisville Metro Snow Team says it's ready to take on Mother Nature with 265 employees. There are 160 pieces of equipment to treat and clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles of roads covering Louisville's 386 square miles.

As a part of an ongoing agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, city crews will treat and clear most state roads. The state will clear all interstates and ramps.

The public snow route meeting will be held next Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Old Jail Courtroom on Liberty Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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