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TDOT Prepares For Winter Weather Threat

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the threat of wintry weather moves through the area, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is prepared for the possibility of icy roads.

TDOT Officials said they have already deployed 20 salt trucks in Davidson and Williamson counties.  Crews will be focusing on salting roads to prevent existing water from turning to ice.  They will be keeping an eye on bridges, overpasses, ramps and hills.

"Really the worst case scenario is kind of the system that is coming in where it is really more of ice or sleet or freezing rain because that's something that you can't really protect the roads for ahead of time," said Deanna Lambert, a spokesperson for TDOT.

The steady rain prevented TDOT Crews from putting down brine Thursday. Crews said they will add salt to the mixture to help prevent the solution from washing away.

Some say the best advice is to avoid driving if you can.

"Just stay home," said Lena Tipton, a TDOT Highway Worker. "There are so many accidents with people sliding on ice.  Getting home to your family is the most important thing."

Crews will be working though out the night keeping an eye on roads, and others are on call ready to head out if needed.

TDOT will also be monitoring their traffic cameras for stranded drivers so they can send out their help trucks to assist.

 

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