Ice causes few major problems

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Road department workers today advised local residents to stay home until ice on streets and sidewalks could be cleared.

Go out, "only if you have to," warned Allen Burris, street superintendent for Frankfort Public Works.

"Wherever you're going it's going to be slick."

Burris said city road crews came in around 4 a.m. Sunday to prepare for the ice storm which affected much of the state. As of this morning, freezing rain and sleet clung to streets, parking lots, and driveways.

Randy Thompson, county road superintendent, said county crews began work around 2 a.m. Sunday, pre-treating roads with a salt mixture to minimize bonding to asphalt. County crews were back out at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m., treating roads before returning home.

Thompson said pre-treating generally is only used in threats of freezing rain. Work for the county crews began again at 2 a.m. today, but the roadways were said to still be "slick and dangerous."

"Hopefully, by the end of the day we'll have (the roads) in good shape, but it's a slow go in ice," Thompson said.

Though reminiscent of the ice storm that wreaked havoc on Central Kentucky last February, the weekend weather trap proved more nuisance than disaster.

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