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Snow and ice removal in Fayette County is a combined effort of the City's Department of Environmental Quality & Public Works and the Kentucky Department of Highways.

Public Works is responsible for snow and ice removal from more than 1,110 lane miles of city and county roads. The state is responsible for plowing more than 500 miles of roadways in Fayette County.

See which streets will be plowed near you.

Snow plan video

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Like most cities our size and larger, Lexington has a snow removal plan. The plan, which is reviewed and updated each summer, details what streets and roads in Fayette County will be treated and in what order.

Snow removal is based on a priority plan developed to identify a basic system of roads essential to keep traffic moving while taking into consideration the equipment and personnel available. Factors used include identifying the city’s busiest routes, access to public transportation, access to emergency services, and access to Fayette County Public Schools.

  • Priority 1 streets are the main roads in and out of the city, such as Main Street, Nicholasville Road, and Richmond Road. 
  •  Priority 2 streets are major connecting streets, such as Red Mile Road and Loudon Avenue.
  • Priority 3 are collector routes, like Waller Avenue.
  • Priority 4 are local streets within subdivisions, which allow residents access to main roads.

Lexington is responsible for snow and ice removal on 1,100 lane miles of city and county roads. The state plows an additional 500 lane miles of federal, state and county roads inside Fayette County. All totaled, Lexington has 4,245 streets. In most cases, only Priority 1-4 streets and roads will be plowed.

At the beginning of the 2014-15 snow season, the city had 46 trucks with plows. This number consists of 32 dump trucks, eight super-duty trucks, and six 4x4 pickup trucks.



WINTER 2014-2015 Snow and Ice Control Plan 

Appendix 1 -- Snow plan areas and priority routes   

Appendix 2 -- Snow Emergency routes    

Appendix 3 -- County and state routes

Streets plowed by priority

Area Maps (shows priorities):

aaaa Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4 Area 5
Area 6 Area 7A Area 7B Area 7C Area 7D 
Area 7E Area 7F Area 9

Help us make snow removal more effective

Where to get information

What to do during a snow storm

What to do during an ice storm



Why do you put snow in my driveway?
This is not done intentionally. Snow getting pushed into driveways is an unfortunate result of plowing a street. We know that it is frustrating to have to shovel out the end of your driveway a second time, but it is unavoidable.

Why did you push the snow into my driveway and not those across the street?
Most residential streets that are plowed receive one center pass. Each pass pushes the snow to the driver’s right. That is why one side gets the pushed off snow and the other doesn’t. Which side gets the pushed off snow is determined by where the driver started.

Where do I put my refuse carts when there are snow berms at the edge of the street?
Carts should be placed in your driveway opening or an area cleared of snow between the sidewalk and street. 

Who is responsible for taking care of fire hydrants?
There are 9,053 hydrants in Fayette County. Some are maintained by Kentucky-American Water Company and some are privately owned. Kentucky-American is responsible for maintaining public fire hydrants but do not have the resources to dig each one out. If you have a fire hydrant in your yard, it would be a great service if you dug out around it. 

Who is responsible for taking care of Lextran bus stops?
There are 979 active Lextran bus stops in Lexington. Lextran maintains the vast majority of these stops but does not have the manpower to clear each one after a snow event. If you have a Lextran stop on your property, please clean the area off for passengers.


Why was my car towed?
The city has designated – with appropriate signs – some 82 miles of roadway as Snow Emergency Routes. These are roadways that have a high traffic volume and/or shoulders that are inadequate to accommodate disabled vehicles. Disabled or parked vehicles along these roadways can cause problems when snow plowing is in progress. 

When the Mayor declares a snow emergency, the Division of Police can remove, and sometimes has removed a vehicle from an emergency route to facilitate traffic movement and snow removal efforts. This may occur: 

  • When the vehicle is parked on an emergency route during a declared a Stage 1, 2, or 3 Snow Emergency.
  • When the vehicle is stalled or disabled on the normally traveled portion of any public roadway and the owner is not attempting to remove the vehicle.

Car owners can retrieve their cars by calling the Police reports desk at 258-3563.

Last updated: 3/5/2015 4:54:23 PM