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Louisville Metro Government and state transportation officials say they’re well prepared to clear area roads of snow and ice this coming winter.

Louisville Public Works Director Ted Pullen says more than 250 employees from four city agencies will coordinate snow removal, with a fleet of 135 vehicles.

There’s shortage of road salt in some U.S. cities because of a jump in demand last winter, but Pullen says that’s not the case here.

“We have been proactive and we have our salt supplies, most of its in place, we have more on the way, as a matter of fact it’s on barges right now headed up the Ohio to us,” Pullen said.

Officials say interstates and other major thoroghfares are at the top of the road clearing priority list, followed by school bus and TARC routes, hospital routes and highly traveled secondary roads with hills and curves.

Louisville Public Works crews are responsible for clearing just over one-thousand miles of roads, with another one-thousand covered by the state, small cities or private contractors.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."