City of Knoxville prepared for winter weather

City of Knoxville prepared for winter weather

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With snow falling in parts of East Tennessee Tuesday, the City of Knoxville's Public Service Department says it is prepared and recently completed its annual snow and ice training for employees.

While no accumulation is expected for the city on Tuesday, officials say their snow plan is ready.

The department's snow plan for the year details how the city responds to various types of snow and ice events, how it prioritizes city streets for treatment, and the resources the department has to combat winter storms.

Depending on the conditions and the forecast, the department will pre-treat Level I and Level II streets. Level I is defined as main streets carrying the highest volume of traffic and hospital routes, while Level II is defined as streets connecting the main streets, feeder streets to connector streets and common trouble spots and hills.

City crews typically pre-treat streets with a salt brine solution, which helps prevent snow from bonding with the road surface and lowers the melting point, prior to the arrival of snowy weather. Pre-treatment, depending on the weather, can be done 48 hours prior to a snow or ice event and can be done at night or during non-busy traffic periods. 

When it starts to snow, crews will spread salt and plow all Level I roads before moving on to Level II. Level III, or neighborhood streets, will only be plowed once all Level I and II streets are completed.

"Depending on the type of weather, we have up to 180 employees and 21 pieces of equipment ready to deal with it," said Public Service Director David Brace. "The snow plan gives us a template for setting priorities and letting everybody know what to expect."

In addition to focusing on keeping main routes open during storms, crews also respond to calls from the Knoxville Police Department and Knoxville Fire Department for emergency services.

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