State and county road crews prepared for wintry weather

State and county road crews prepared for wintry weather

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"They will be ready to go if the need arises and they will be working overnight," said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi. "They will be ready to go if the need arises and they will be working overnight," said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi.
Knox County crews have 3,000 tons of salt ready to go. Knox County crews have 3,000 tons of salt ready to go.
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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - All the wet weather on Thursday means a small chance of black ice in Friday morning.

Road crews across the state were getting prepared Thursday just in case things get bad.

"They will be ready to go if the need arises and they will be working overnight," said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi.

Nagi says TDOT crews have already stocked their trucks in case they are needed. He says they have plenty of supplies, including salt, to treat any roads that need it.

"We replenish these supplies through the year," said Nagi. "We are fully stocked."

TDOT crews are not the only ones getting ready for this wintry weather. Knox County crews have 3,000 tons of salt ready to go.

"We will be prepared," said Knox County highway maintenance director Brian Hubbs. "We'll have supervisors out in the field checking the roads, and if we do have any icy spots, we'll be putting down salt."

Knox County has eleven salt trucks.

Both agencies say they just encourage drivers to use caution if they have to get on the roads early in the morning.

"If you don't have to be on the roads when there's a chance of black ice, don't be on the roads," said Nagi.

Both the state and the county officials said they were unable to pre-treat the roads Thursday because of the rain.   

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