Knox County prepares for winter weather

Knox County prepares for winter weather

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The county will have 11 salt trucks on the roadways after rush hour around 7 p.m., with roughly 4,000 tons of salt with which to work. The county will have 11 salt trucks on the roadways after rush hour around 7 p.m., with roughly 4,000 tons of salt with which to work.
"The temperatures tonight are going to be down in the low 20s, and the roads are not drying up, so that is going to be a concern of ours with the black ice," Knox County Director of Highway Maintenance Brian Hubbs said. "The temperatures tonight are going to be down in the low 20s, and the roads are not drying up, so that is going to be a concern of ours with the black ice," Knox County Director of Highway Maintenance Brian Hubbs said.
TDOT is also working on tackling the icy roads. TDOT is also working on tackling the icy roads.
"If you do have to be on the roadways, make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and also give yourself some braking room because there could be some black ice out there," TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said. "If you do have to be on the roadways, make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and also give yourself some braking room because there could be some black ice out there," TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Highway Department is gearing up for Thursday night's winter weather.

The county will have 11 salt trucks on the roadways after rush hour around 7 p.m., with roughly 4,000 tons of salt with which to work.

"We will cover all of Knox County roads, the major roads and secondary roads all through Knox County," Knox County Director of Highway Maintenance Brian Hubbs said. "We have about 2,000 miles of roads that we have to try and get to and treat."

Some of the salt is left over from last year's mild winter.

Hubbs said drivers should be especially careful on the less traveled roads, including the side streets.

"The temperatures tonight are going to be down in the low 20s, and the roads are not drying up, so that is going to be a concern of ours with the black ice," Hubbs said.

TDOT is also working on tackling the icy roads.

"The state routes and interstates, that's what we're concerned with, these high traffic areas," TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said. "Certainly, there will be a lot of people heading to and from work and some people still on vacation trying to get where they need to go. We'll have all our crews working as necessary."

Nagi said that if drivers don't have to be on the roads, it's best to stay inside and wait for the weather to improve.

"If you do have to be on the roadways, make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and also give yourself some braking room because there could be some black ice out there," Nagi said. "The car in front of you could slip and slide a little bit. If you don't have enough room to stop, that's when fender benders can occur."

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