TDOT crews prep roadways for slick conditions as flurries continue

TDOT salt barn
Posted at 9:06 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 07:29:32-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Monday's wintery mix is causing some slick roads across Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is out in full force salting the roads to keep drivers safe.

Dropping temperatures are expected to freeze what flurries left behind on Tennessee roads Monday, which means TDOT crews are on the roads to keep drivers safe.

"We still got to be out there salting to the roads because the temperatures, we're expecting them to drop below freezing," said Kathryn Shulte, community relations officer for TDOT.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and its crews are keeping an eye to the sky and the salt on the ground for Monday night's cold weather and snow-rain mix.

When the temperature drops to below freezing and you add wet snow it can mean slick road conditions. Shulte says the agency has a night crew who will be out to make sure everyone's commute is a safe one.

"We see a lot of issues on our elevated ramps or maybe people are coming down at a fast speed, and we really treat those areas throughout the day, " said Shulte. "We've been applying salt and some brine to those areas."

Even with salted roads, TDOT crews say drive safely.

"Whenever we get below freezing temperatures even if there's just a little bit of moisture on the road it can create slick areas and black ice; so particularly if you drive around early in the morning or later at night you need to be cautious of that," said Shulte.

TDOT reminded drivers to be on the lookout for salt trucks and give them plenty of room to work. If you come across some slick spots you're asked to contact your local emergency or a non-emergency number and from there a crew will be called out to assist.