Road crews, utility workers prepare before possible ice storm

Road crews, utility workers prepare before possible ice storm

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TDOT crews and City of Knoxville crews prepared more of the salt mixture Wednesday night, in anticipation of pre-treating roads Thursday. TDOT crews and City of Knoxville crews prepared more of the salt mixture Wednesday night, in anticipation of pre-treating roads Thursday.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Friday, road crews and utility companies were already on high alert Wednesday night. Workers were called in and were preparing for long hours in the coming days.

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews were on site all night Wednesday to make sure if any problem with overpasses were reported they could respond to them.

TDOT crews are not the only ones working ahead to be prepared for the storm expected to hit early Friday morning.

The City of Knoxville workers were doing the same thing, as they replenished their salt supply.

"We've got equipment that's already ready to go because of the last event. But get fully equipped and we'll start brining tomorrow, mid-morning. We'll let rush hour move past in Knoxville. We'll start to pre-treat and brine the streets," explained City of Knoxville Director of Public Service David Brace.

The city isn't just preparing for troublesome roadways.

"Ice can be very tricky. We know that ice causes a lot of power outages because of the weight of it on branches, and so we will obviously be in contact with our other service providers, talked with KUB earlier today as well," Brace added.

Knoxville Utility Board managers have already told their crews about the storm plan.

"We started this afternoon, we got word from the National Weather Service about this event to put our storm plan into effect, so we've already let out crews know to be prepared to work through the weekend," said KUB System Operations Manager Mike Patterson.

Patterson says part of being prepared is to double checking everything.

"We'll check all of our equipment to make sure that our trucks are ready. We'll go out and look at our sub-stations and make sure our system is switched normal, that we have our maximum flexibility to switch some electric circuits around should we lose some circuits," Patterson said.

Another part of the preparation for a storm is making sure there is enough brine to treat the roadways.

TDOT crews and City of Knoxville crews prepared more of the salt mixture Wednesday night in anticipation of pre-treating roads Thursday.

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