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Kentuckiana road crews focused on plowing after salting wraps up for Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency as crews fight to clear the roadways.

The biggest thing state officials are saying is to avoid travel if you can. If not, just know the roads will be covered for the next several days.

"Most of the roads in this area are completely covered," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 spokesperson Andrea Clifford.

The lanes on Interstate 64 near Blankenbaker Parkway were hardly visible to drivers.

"We're more used to just doing it the tough way and getting through it,” said one woman from New York. “People should know ‘don't panic you're going to be okay'."

"It's really treacherous if I didn't have four wheel drive I wouldn't be on it and if I wasn't a nurse going to work I wouldn't be on it," said another woman.

While the highways and interstates don't look like they've been plowed, Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet assures us they have been plowed.

"People have been out since one a.m.," said Clifford.

KYTC's District 5 has 140 plow trucks with 52 of them covering Jefferson County. Interstate 65, The Watterson Expressway and Gene Snyder Freeway were all top priorities.

The priority now is plowing since crews stopped spreading salt at seven p.m. Monday.

"It's just re-freezing immediately so you're really not having much effect with those chemicals when you get into the single digits," said Clifford.

It's the same story in Indiana where crews will start salting again by morning rush hour. The Indiana Department of Transportation has 62 plows out in the southern part of the state and says two of them were rear-ended Monday.

"If they're putting salt down and it's hitting you in the windshield you know, you're way too close," said INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity.

The slick roads are also causing concern for first responders trying to get patients to the hospital.

"Today is all about safety so we're going slow making sure we do get them there and speed is not an option," said paramedic Lieutenant Lane Morrison.

His ambulance does not have four-wheel drive so when side streets and homes aren't plowed, their job becomes more difficult.

"It's just getting the stretcher through the snow, to the truck and it's a lot of pushing and a pulling," said EMT Kevin Ballard.

The next round of road crews in both states head back out at midnight.

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