East Tenn. highway depts. salt roads ahead of winter weather

East Tenn. highway departments salt roads ahead of predicted winter weather

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Thanks to last year's lackluster winter, the Morgan County Highway Department says they are well stocked with leftover supplies of salt and brine. Thanks to last year's lackluster winter, the Morgan County Highway Department says they are well stocked with leftover supplies of salt and brine.
"Our concerns mainly are power lines under the weight of the snow and the trees. If we get a lot of heavy snow, there's the possibility of trees going down," said Morgan County Emergency Management Director Jody Zorsch. "Our concerns mainly are power lines under the weight of the snow and the trees. If we get a lot of heavy snow, there's the possibility of trees going down," said Morgan County Emergency Management Director Jody Zorsch.
Road crews will focus on steep hills and sharp curves, which are especially dangerous in winter weather. Road crews will focus on steep hills and sharp curves, which are especially dangerous in winter weather.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) - Highway departments across East Tennessee started salting roads early Thursday morning in preparation for winter weather expected to hit the area.

Thanks to last year's lackluster winter, the Morgan County Highway Department says they are well stocked with leftover supplies, including 60 tons of salt and 15,000 gallons of brine, a salt-water mixture, that they didn't need as much of last year.

"Storms that we thought were coming, we didn't get," said Morgan County Highway Superintendent Roy Smith.

Morgan County road crews began prepping salt trucks Thursday morning.

Close to the mountains, people are used to snowy winters.

Normally, road crews pour brine on dry roads before snow, but because Thursday's storm started with rain, they couldn't do that. It would have all been washed away.

Around noon, they started pretreating different parts of the county with salt, including bridges and overpasses that tend to freeze first.

"Hopefully when the storm is at its worst, it's gonna be there for us in the areas that we always have trouble. Steep hills or sharp curves where we know people are gonna get stuck on them," said Smith.

Throughout Thursday night into Friday morning, they'll be monitoring roads that need more.

"If there's areas where people are having accidents, sliding off the road, getting in the ditch, we'll go ahead and address those too," said Smith.

Morgan County Emergency Management is watching for other dangerous situations.

"Our concerns mainly are power lines under the weight of the snow and the trees. If we get a lot of heavy snow, there's the possibility of trees going down," said Morgan County Emergency Management Director Jody Zorsch.

They just want everyone to be safe.

"The roads are going to possibly freeze tonight with the temperatures predicted to go into the low 20s. If you don't have to get out, don't get out. Just stay inside," said Zorsch.

The Highway Department is going to salt as many roads as quickly as they can.

They want to remind drivers to not attempt to drive over roads covered with snow or ice; instead, they should wait until road crews have cleared them.

Many of the salt trucks also have snowplows attached to the front of them to help in clearing efforts.

They're also mixing crushed stone with the salt they're spreading out to provide better traction for drivers.

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