Blount County drivers experience some slick roads

Blount County drivers experience some slick roads on morning commute

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The main state routes in Blount County were passable Wednesday morning, but the secondary and back roads were still very slick and snow covered. The main state routes in Blount County were passable Wednesday morning, but the secondary and back roads were still very slick and snow covered.
Mitch Erlacher had to get on the roads to head to work. He says his 12 minute drive took 20 minutes on the slick roads. Mitch Erlacher had to get on the roads to head to work. He says his 12 minute drive took 20 minutes on the slick roads.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - The main state routes in Blount County were passable Wednesday morning, but the secondary and back roads were still very slick and snow covered.

Brian Myers has lived in Blount County for 45 years. He knew there was snow, but wasn't expecting the bitter cold when he left for work.

6 News asked if he had ever seen weather like this before in Blount County. "Not this cold, not this long," said Myers.

Myers says only some roads were completely free of snow and ice.

"It's not bad. They've cleared a lot of the roads. City roads are good county roads are pretty rough," said Myers.

Mitch Erlacher had to get on the roads to head to work. He says his 12 minute drive took 20 minutes on the slick roads.

"It was slow going. I don't think I even hit 40 going Alcoa Highway even. Main roads are great. Anything secondary, turn off, or subdivisions, I hope I don't have to take any of them. They look terrible." said Erlacher.

TDOT was out all Tuesday night treating state routes with a salt and liquid calcium mixture which is effective in single digit temperatures.

Blount County road crews use a salt and gravel mixture, which doesn't work in the extreme cold. So while they were forced to take a break Tuesday night, the crews were working again Wednesday morning.

The Blount County roads superintendent says even with the below freezing temperatures, the sun and salt will be very effective in clearing the snow covered roads.

While some drivers had problems with the slick roads, others did doughnuts in empty parking lots. Law enforcement warns doing doughnuts is dangerous and can be considered reckless driving and if property damage is done, the driver is liable and will be cited.

So while the snow stuck around Wednesday, residents have different hopes for the weather in the near future.

Myers said he hopes the weather is soon 70 degrees and sunny.

Erlacher said jokingly, "I hope it stays. It's good for business. I rent cars."

According to dispatch, overnight and during the morning commute hours they had no reports of any fender benders despite the slick road conditions. Many people heeded the warning and stayed off the roads.

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