Road crews prepare for winter weather

Road crews prepare for winter weather

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Knoxville City Service Works crews spent the day spreading around 26,000 gallons of liquid brine to pre-treat the roads. Knoxville City Service Works crews spent the day spreading around 26,000 gallons of liquid brine to pre-treat the roads.
Stores like Mayo Garden Center says they were selling a large amount of firewood throughout the day. Stores like Mayo Garden Center says they were selling a large amount of firewood throughout the day.
Many complained about road conditions around West Knoxville during the winter weather on Thursday. On Sunday, the rain is expected to quickly turn into snow. Many complained about road conditions around West Knoxville during the winter weather on Thursday. On Sunday, the rain is expected to quickly turn into snow.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you drove anywhere in Knoxville on Saturday, chances are you saw road crews getting ready for winter weather set to hit our area.  

Knoxville City Service Works crews spent the day spreading around 26,000 gallons of liquid brine to pre-treat the roads.  

The preparation is something that wasn't done during Thursday's snowfall, because they say there was too much rain leading up to that snowfall and it would have washed away.  

Many complained about road conditions around West Knoxville during the winter weather on Thursday. On Sunday, the rain is expected to quickly turn into snow.   

"It may switch over really quick from rain to snow, which makes the brine system workout really well. Since we have plenty of time, we're working at that Saturday to get all that pre-treated by Sunday night," said Alex Neubert, downtown public service area manager with the Knoxville Public Service department.  

Freezing temperatures are expected for days, including single digit temperatures on Tuesday.  

Cheryl Rodgers of Fountain City says she's less concerned about the roads and more worried about the cold temperatures.   

To prepare, she's loaded up her station wagon with enough firewood to last a week.  

"I just don't want to be caught off-guard," said Rodgers.  

Stores like Mayo Garden Center says they were selling a large amount of firewood throughout the day.

"I was very surprised. We've actually got wood today from 3 different suppliers," said Claxton Mayo, owner of Mayo Garden Center.  

The city plans to have around 24 salt trucks on the road once the snow starts on Sunday.  

"Everything should be good, should be treated, should work to their advantage," said Neubert.

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