Knoxville road crews prioritize snow clearing efforts

Knoxville road crews prioritize snow clearing efforts to help emergency crews

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Huron Street around Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville is clear because roads like it are marked as "level one" in Knoxville's snow removal plan. Huron Street around Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville is clear because roads like it are marked as "level one" in Knoxville's snow removal plan.
"We've got to keep enough salt on hand for tonight. We know it's going to refreeze. If there's a fire, we need to be able to help and salt," said Knoxville Director of Public Service David Brace. "We've got to keep enough salt on hand for tonight. We know it's going to refreeze. If there's a fire, we need to be able to help and salt," said Knoxville Director of Public Service David Brace.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crews in Knoxville have been working around the clock getting roads as safe as possible. Obviously, the main roads are in great shape, but if you looked out your door, your neighborhood streets may still be covered.

Part of the reason is because crews simply cannot pick some neighborhoods to clear versus another.

A slippery slope on Royal View Drive is right outside Gino Magdos' front door.

"It's not very often the snow plows come through here and if you don't have four-wheel drive, you're stuck. It's virtually impossible to get up that hill," he said.

There's a reason though, streets like this one fall lowest on Knoxville's snow removal plan.

Huron Street around Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville is clear because roads like it are marked as "level one" out of three priority levels in Knoxville's snow removal plan.

"It's those main streets around hospitals and through our city that police, fire, and ambulances need to travel in to get to various calls in our city," said Knoxville Director of Public Service David Brace.

Safer streets are a big help to emergency crews going from point A to point B.

"It cuts down response time for us and reduces the chance that someone might have an accident in their own vehicle," said Jerry Harnish Regional Director at Rural/Metro.

If resources are available, crews may be able to get to neighborhoods Thursday, but right now the city is using its salt supply where it's needed the most.

"We've got to keep enough salt on hand for tonight. We know it's going to refreeze. If there's a fire, we need to be able to help and salt," added Brace.

So what can you do in the mean time? Rely on the sun for some melting or put your shovel to good use. In other words, be patient.

"We're enjoying it. It's nice to be snowed in every now and then," said Magdos.

More than 1,200 tons of salt was used Tuesday night, and tonight officials say crews could use up to 400 tons on top priority streets.

More about Knoxville's snow priority plan can be found on the city's website.

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