Cumberland County road crews prepare for winter weather

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Crews in Cumberland County have been preparing for the winter weather predicted to hit them over the next few days.

The Cumberland County Highway Department says they’ve been lucky so far because they haven’t had a major winter weather event. However, that’s given them the time and resources to be ready if they do see snow over the next few days.

The highway department has a mix of sand, salt and chips ready to go. In addition, 10 drivers are on call for when the snow comes down.

The highway department has a mix of sand, salt and chips ready to go.
The highway department has a mix of sand, salt and chips ready to go.

“We go to the main roads first, the intersections, curves, hills and trouble spots. We have different zones in the city we go to first,” said Scott Blaylock, Cumberland County road commissioner.

If the weather progresses on Saturday and Monday, their focus will move to the secondary roads. They’ll add more salt to this mixture. While they are prepared, they hope the system won’t hit them too hard.

Scott Blaylock, Cumberland County road commissioner
Scott Blaylock, Cumberland County road commissioner

“And if the snow is heavy we can push it, blow it, cut it. From what I’m hearing, it’s just going to be a little bit of trouble. That’s what I’m anticipating,” said Blaylock

Officials say the most important things are for drivers to be vigilant, pay attention to the what the weather is and be careful.

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