KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With the threat of snow re-entering the forecast, crews are getting ready to treat area roads. Despite a few winter events, they say they still have more than enough supplies to battle the snow.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 1 began the season with just over 65,221 tons of salt and nearly 298,260 gallons of salt brine. Much of those supplies remain.
"For the most part, this winter hasn't been very different from last winter. As far as our supplies are concerned, we are fine," said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. "We replenish our salt supplies throughout the year."
So far that hasn't been necessary. During last week's winter weather, TDOT used only 7,030 tons of salt and 3,245 gallons of calcium chloride. More impressive, though, is the 317 people who worked throughout the duration of the storm.
"Our TDOT crews stay on their routes through any type of winter weather event and they stay on their routes as long as it is there," said Nagi. "So that is some long hours for those folks, but they do all they can to keep East Tennessee drivers safe."
Those same crews are now gearing up for more hours later this week.
"The weather can change very quickly, so we are always prepared and ready to go," said Nagi. "We will formulate a plan for the anticipated winter weather we will be getting over the next 24 to 48 hours and our crews will be on their routes as needed."
Whether it will be enough to finally put a significant dent in the salt supply remains to be seen.
Knox County says its supply of salt is at about 50 percent
after the last round of winter weather, saying they used about 2,100 tons.
Crews say they had to
treat several roads twice with the extremely low temps refreezing things.
Officials ordered more, but it will not be in before this next event. With the forecasted
amounts they are comfortable their remaining supply will be more than enough.
They do not plan to pre-treat with brine. They will instead have their salt
trucks on standby.