Knox County crews continue to clear roads for weekend

Knox County crews continue to clear roads for weekend

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Aric Hughett has been driving trucks for Knox County for three years. When there's snow and freezing conditions, he's behind the wheel clearing the roads. Aric Hughett has been driving trucks for Knox County for three years. When there's snow and freezing conditions, he's behind the wheel clearing the roads.
Crews spent the day Friday de-icing the secondary roads. Crews spent the day Friday de-icing the secondary roads.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Public Works employees have been working hard to make sure the roads are safe for you to drive on.

By about noon Friday, most of the main roads were clear and crews have spent the day de-icing the secondary roads.

Aric Hughett has been driving trucks for Knox County for three years. When there's snow and freezing conditions, he's behind the wheel clearing the roads.

On Friday, he expected to clear more than 100 miles of secondary streets.

"I'm just plowing, cutting the shoulders off and spreading salt," said Hughett.

According to Knox County Public Works Director Dwight Van de Vate, 22 trucks and 65 workers will be out salting and plowing the roads.

This is the second year for the county to use brine, a salt and water mixture. Van de Vate says it's more cost effective than using salt alone.

Between Thursday night and Friday, the county expected use more than 60,000 gallons of brine and 800 pounds of salt.

"We'll be doing more salting and more plowing this morning, working with the utilities where they have phone and cable and power lines down, and just try to get everything cleared back up and open for the weekend," said Van de Vate.

He says the county was ready for the snow and ice. Trucks and materials were in the field before the first snow flake fell.

Though the crews wanted to pretreat the roads with salt and brine before the snow hit, they couldn't due to all of the rain.

Van de Vate says considering the tough conditions, the county did as well as they could at keeping the roads clear.

Hughett says doing his job can be quite a thrill.

"There's some pretty steep roads in here that will make you think where you are going and I've been in a ditch, just say that," said Hughett.

Hughett and other drivers will be working through the night to clear the roads by the weekend.

Knox County officials hope that with help from the salt, brine and sunshine all main roads and secondary roads will be clear by late Friday evening.

The Knox County Public Works director warned drivers to be on the lookout for new potholes that have formed as a result of the rain and freezing temperatures.

The county will be working to repair those into next week.

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