Knoxville, Knox County road crews ready for Friday night’s wintry mix

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Some spots in East Tennessee could possibly get up to three inches of wet snow Friday night. That means both Knoxville and Knox County crews will be out preparing the roads.

Knoxville city road crews have been preparing for the weather since 7 a.m. Friday morning. Crews will be out during the night as well, so that drivers will be able to travel Saturday.

Knoxville Public Works Director David Brace
Knoxville Public Works Director David Brace

just wants the roads clear so that people can get around. Brace hopes the sun comes out to help his team.

“Mother Nature drives the car and we just keep the seat belt on for everybody. So we’re waiting on Mother Nature to help us out with some higher temperatures. What I hope is by 11 or 12 o’clock we’ll get rain and the temperatures will warm up and the great thaw can begin and we’ll get Knoxville cleaned up and thawed out to quote on quote normal,” he said.

 

Road crew workers want Mother Nature to help out, but they are still going to treat the roads as if she’s not.

“We’ve been out today brining streets, and we’ve also been trying to get salt on some of those hard, tough neighborhood streets that have a frozen thick piece of ice on them,” said Brace.

It feels like Groundhog Day for Knoxville city road crew members. It’s been brine, salt, snow, repeat

“We’re ready. We’ve done our pre-treatment. We’ll have a crew in tonight. We’ll have a crew in at 5 a.m. tomorrow. They’ll be ready to attack anything in the morning,” said Brace.

Knox County road crews have been making preparations also. Even if it’s not that bad of a snowfall, they want to limit issues on the highways and streets.

“We have put some salt brine down on the road. A lot of the roads have a lot of the salt already on them. There’s a lot of residual there, but we’re trying to get the main roads done so that whatever does come tonight we’ll have a good base of salt on the roads to prevent any slippery spots,” said Jim Snowden with Knox County Public Works.

The city has used about 30,000 gallons of brine and about 2,000 tons of salt since this round of winter weather began. The county has also used 2,000 tons of salt and about 70,000 gallons of brine.

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