Knox County road crews prepare for more winter weather

Knox County road crews prepare for more winter weather

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By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With more snow expected this week, Knox County crews were out pretreating the roads Sunday night.

About 10 trucks covered as many roads as possible before the snow hits. Officials say they've already used about 3,000 tons of salt this season, which is more than most years.

"We'll probably put down something in the neighborhood of about 40 to 45,000 gallons of brine this evening," said Brian Hubbs, the highway maintenance director for Knox County.

Hubbs says they try to pretreat the roads before every snow fall.

"We've got a total of 2,000 miles of roads in this county, and we'll try to cover as many of those miles as we can," Hubbs said.

He says putting down a mixture of salt and water will help melt the snow once it does hit.

"We'll probably go to midnight tonight, give our drivers a break and let them come in fresh in the morning so we can start this up again in the morning," Hubbs said.

"This weather can get crazy sometimes," Knoxville driver Miata Mathis said.

Mathis says she appreciates seeing salt trucks out this weekend, but she can't wait until they aren't needed.

"I'm very sick of winter. I hate being cold and I love warm weather. It's pretty unpredictable. One minute it's hot, the next minute it's cold so I'm ready for the summertime," Mathis.

The City of Knoxville says they pretreated roads on Friday to cut down on overtime costs. The Tennessee Department of Transportation also pretreated roads on Friday. All three departments say they still have plenty of salt left to use if needed. 

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