Knox County road crews using to GPS to track salt truck routes

Knox County road crews using to GPS to track salt truck routes

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Each of the brine, salt and plow trucks are equipped with GPS that relays their location back to the main office. Each of the brine, salt and plow trucks are equipped with GPS that relays their location back to the main office.
At the Knox County Public Works building, Solid Waste Director Tom Salter monitors the trucks out on the roads on a monitor. At the Knox County Public Works building, Solid Waste Director Tom Salter monitors the trucks out on the roads on a monitor.
It cost $33,00 dollars to install the devices in 120 trucks and there is a $24 fee each month, but Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says its a good investment that will save taxpayers money. It cost $33,00 dollars to install the devices in 120 trucks and there is a $24 fee each month, but Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says its a good investment that will save taxpayers money.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Road Department crews are armed with a new tool to make their job battling the winter weather a bit easier.

Crews have been brining the roads since Sunday evening and continued throughout the night Wednesday.

At the Knox County Public Works building, Solid Waste Director Tom Salter monitors the trucks out on the roads on a monitor.

"That truck is returning there to get another load of brine," explained Salter.

Each of the brine, salt and plow trucks are equipped with GPS that relays their location back to the main office. They can track the trucks in real time which means they can be more efficient.

"If someone calls in and says my road is horrible, someone can actually look at this and see which truck is closest at that point in time, it may not be someone in that district but someone coming back or going out and they can run over easily and hit that," said Salter.

It cost $33,00 dollars to install the devices in 120 trucks and there is a $24 fee each month, but Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says its a good investment that will save taxpayers money.

"With the GPS, it will make it more efficient and we wont have as much overlap. When you're putting out that much brine, 117,000 gallons, its good to know where its supposed to be," said Mayor Burchett.

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