Knox County prepares for winter weather

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Despite the rising cost of road salt, Knox county Engineering and Public Works said they are prepared for the cold days ahead.

Last year, the county says salt cost the county $66.50 per ton, compared to $115 per ton this year.

Although the prices have increased, Knox County Highway Department said crews still plan on maintaining the same deicing operations.

This year, crews will use more brine to off-set costs. The county has used brine for the last few years.

Salt brine is a liquid mixture of salt and water that is applied roadways to stop snow from sticking to pavements.
Salt brine is a liquid mixture of salt and water that is applied roadways to stop snow from sticking to pavements.

The county says they have also invested in a new salt spreader box that will more spread the salt on roadways.

Knox County says 14 salt trucks and 11 brine trucks are ready for service, as well as a dozen four-wheel drive trucks equipped with smaller snow plows for use on more narrow roads.

Knox County prepared for winter weather
Prior to and during any winter precipitation, the on-call supervisors monitor road conditions in the county and communicate with authorities to determine necessary precautions.

 

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