Keith Todd

Lance Dennee / WKMS

Update 3:30 pm

Road crews are hard at work to clear as much snow and ice from area Interstate 24 and other area highways before dusk, when cold temperatures pose a chance for potential re-freezing.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are confident to have both directions of I-24 mostly clear by tonight.

Lance Dennee

Update 9:02pm

Westbound traffic on I-24 is now moving, eastbound still blocked by stalled semi. 

KYTC is reporting traffic backups on I-24 near exit 54 in Caldwell County. 

Two semi trucks running normal interstate speed attempted to exit into snow covered ramps and jackknifed. Road crews are working to clear the site as quickly as possible. 

KYTC urges all motorists to avoid unnecessary overnight travel and to be mindful of potential re-freezing due to extreme cold temperatures. 

Update: 3:49pm 

All eastbound and westbound lanes of I-24 are now open, but Kentucky road crews are still battling traffic obstructions.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says road conditions are still pretty rough, but traffic is now moving in both directions after coming to a standstill last night, stranding many travelers. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

With 6 to 10 inches of snow across the region, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging people to stay home. KTC spokesman Keith Todd said some areas are seeing 15 inches of snow and 2 foot snow drifts are fairly common. Todd said this storm has been more difficult than last month’s due to near blizzard conditions. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

Yesterday’s sun helped melt some of the near record snow Kentucky experienced earlier in the week, but this morning saw another 1 to 2 inches of the white powder across the region. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

  Update Tuesday, 11;54 a.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are getting to work on the region’s snow-packed roadways Tuesday morning after an overnight pause. Todd says unnecessary travel is still being discouraged, however.

“The main issue you’re going to see for travel today is, even though some of the main routes are getting fairly clear, we still have a lot of snow plowed up at intersections,” Todd said.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police have joined forces to combat the rising number of copper wire thefts from highway lights.

The KSP are offering up to $2,500 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. These incidents have cost taxpayers at least $2,000,000 in just the last four years. 

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd says there’s more to the issue than just money.

KYTC

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials are monitoring the deteriorating stability of the Old Ledbetter Bridge after sensors detected significant movement early this morning. 

Last month, the KYTC ordered an emergency demolition of the old U.S. 60 bridge over the Tennessee River between McCracken and Livingston counties after a landslide caused two of the piers to shift. 

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Kentucky Transportation Officials hope to begin demolition of the old Ledbetter Bridge this week, weather permitting. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd said bridge demolition was originally planned for later in the summer, but was expedited when consistent heavy rain caused the bridge to drop more quickly than expected.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spent more than $68 million on snow and ice removal this winter, while more than doubling the salt usage of a typical winter.

Larry Elkins

Calloway County’s top elected official is circulating an email in jest regarding poor driving on a stretch of road that's been the source controversy over its speed limit. 

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