With the weather turning cold and precipitation in the future forecasts, being prepared ahead of time is the best scenario for those who are looked to for keeping the path clear on our roadways.

For Paul Lyne, Logan County Road Supervisor, being ready is a big help. However, there are some circumstances you cannot be prepared for.

"When bad weather hits such as snow and ice we at the road department do our best to keep the county roads passable. But there are times that no matter what we do, it is impossible and people need to stay put unless they have to get out," said Lyne.

Snow can be moved according to Lyne. Ice, however, is another story altogether.

"We pretty much can handle a snowfall," Lyne said. "It may take some time, but we have the crews and the equipment to clear it. What citizens have to remember is we have a very large county. There are 500 plus roads in Logan County and it takes time to get to them all."

The county road department has three tractors with grader blades attached, three trucks with a salt-spreading capability and two road graders. The crews go by a planned mapping that works from the inside of the county to the outer areas. If there is a large snow of about 15 inches, Lyne said it can take up to three days to get to every road.

"Now there are some situations that we will put first such as those who are handicapped or elderly and have doctors appointments or those who are experiencing emergency situations. In these cases, the County Search & Rescue are always willing to help. They have helped a great deal in the past to assure citizens in need are reached during bad weather," said Lyne.

Right now the county has approximately 100 tons of salt. This is 25 more tons than usual.

"Most people don't realize that salt has little effect in low temperatures and won't penetrate ice when it gets over a quarter or a half an inch thick. You can hardly get it off when it accumulates on the roads," Lyne said. "We can move snow all day, but ice is different."

Also, if you scrape ice on the roads you can do damage to the equipment and to the road itself.

"Ice is a dangerous situation. We hope each year we don't get much of it. I know we have a lot more now than we used to," Lyne added.

Lyne says his crews won't work through the night like the state crews do because it isn't safe to be out in the county at that time. The state works on larger roadways.

Farmers are extremely useful in the county and there are many who will get out and help with their equipment and grade the roads.

"We are extremely grateful to those farmers who go out and grade," Lyne said. "We have come to rely on them in the larger agricultural areas."

Patience is what Lyne asks most of those living in Logan County. There is only so many hours in the day and sometimes there is a great deal of snowfall to handle.

"It just takes time," Lyne said. "We do the best we can and are really out there trying to help everyone."

One of the main complaints Lyne gets is snow pile up in the driveway entrances during a big snow after the graders have passed. Graders will push the excess snow to the side which leaves behind a line of snow that can anger those who have to clear it themselves.

"We cannot stop at every drive and get out of the grader and shovel the remnants left from the grader," said Lyne. "We will help those in special cases such as those who are handicapped or elderly."

The four cities in Logan County usually handle snow removal on their own streets while the state handles its responsible thoroughfares such as 68-80, the bypass around Russellville, KY 79, etc.

"The state is a little different from us," Lyne said. "They will pretreat with Brine, which is a mixture of salt and water but if it's too cold that won't even be helpful."

The county doesn't get into spreading Brine because of the expense and the amount of manpower and equipment it takes.

"It's a whole other level of snow removal," said Lyne. "We have too many individual roads and it would be impossible to pretreat with Brine."

According to Lyne, it has only been about 15 years that the county has been concentrating on most of its roads during a snow. Before then only a few graders would go out.

"You have to have a plan and stick to it. Over the past several years we have come up with a pretty good plan and it seems to work. But like I said, it takes time."