Road condition improve during early evening, drivers still cauti

Road condition improve during early evening, drivers still cautious


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Many road crews are back out spreading salt and brine Friday night. They've been working practically non-stop since Wednesday night.

The icy roads from the morning commute turned wet by nightfall.

Drivers trying to wait out the ice to drive on the interstates say they were pleasantly surprised by how smooth their trips have been through 7 p.m.

"The roads have been good so far, just watching for black ice, watching the reflection on the road real good, but it's been good. We've been able to go the speed limit and stay with the traffic flow, and it's been good," said Allen Brooks, who was traveling from Chattanooga.

"It's been good so far. The roads have been fine, just a little wet. Everyone's been cautious and everything, so it's been really good," said driver Tiffany Moore.

That's in part thanks to the salt truck crews who have been working tirelessly, making run after run to keep roads from getting slick.

"It's been a fairly mild winter for the most part. Last week, we had some significant weather, and then we've had significant weather over the last 24 hours or so. Our TDOT maintenance crews have been on the job throughout, and they will continue to be on the job tonight into the early morning if necessary. They will stay on the job as long as the threat of winter weather is here," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi.

Still, drivers are being extra careful on the last leg of their trips.

"I think everybody went out prepared, and I'm thankful the salt trucks and everybody got prepared too, because we thought about taking the trip, but we knew that there would be other people out and it turned out to be a good thing so far. We just hope when we get in a higher elevation it will still be a good thing," added Brooks.

Ice is still a concern overnight into Saturday.

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