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TDOT Preps For Possible Winter Storm

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation are waiting and watching the weather, and say they're ready to make sure roads are safe for holiday travelers.

With the possibility of a winter storm Wednesday, officials with TDOT said they have plenty of equipment stockpiled and ready to go.  TDOT has 200,000 pounds of salt, and 1.6 million gallons of salt brine to treat roads, and 1200 employees are prepared to work as needed. 

Officials say the goal is to have crews out early in the day to take care of any problems before rush hour. Ice and snow removal teams will focus first on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes and will specifically target areas prone to freezing, like hills, curves, ramps, and bridges.

Since it has been a mild winter so far, officials remind drivers to be cautious during winter weather.  Stay off the roads if you can.  If you must drive, allow extra time, slow down, and brake gently to avoid skidding.

TDOT also has a new mobile app designed to keep drivers updated on road conditions and traffic. The free TDOT Smartway Mobile App is available for iPhones and Androids. For more information, visit: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/mobile.htm.

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