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LOUISVILLE MAYOR: Bring on winter!

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the city of Louisville is ready for winter.

On Thursday morning, Mayor Fischer, flanked by a 265-member "Snow Team" outside of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, dared winter to bring its worst during the 2016-17 snow season.

Fischer says that Public Works has spent $1.65 million to update its plowing fleet for this year, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spent over $152,000 on new vehicles that the city will use on state roads within the Metro area. 

"That will mean 17 new plowing vehicles among the 160 pieces of equipment the team will use to clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles throughout the city's 386 square miles," a news release states.

"This investment in new equipment means that when the dedicated men and women of the Snow Team are away from their homes at all hours of the day or night to make the roads safe for the rest of us, they'll have the right tools to get the job done," Mayor Fischer said Thursday morning.

Louisville will begin the snow season with 32,500 tons of salt, most of which will be stored in Louisville Mega Cavern. About 13,500 of that amount will be stored in four above-ground locations, where it will be loaded onto salt-spreading vehicles as-needed.

Anyone wishing to follow updates on snow-cleanup events can follow @LouPubWorks on Twitter. An interactive map will also be posted on the city's Web site during snow events.

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