Friday, January 21, 2011

TDOT Changes Strategy For Clearing Area Roads

With the National Weather Service forecasting a chance of snow for Monday, Tuesday and maybe even Thursday of this week for the Cookeville area, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is implementing new strategies to conserve resources during snow and ice removal operations. Officials say TDOT's arsenal of salt is being used at a faster rate than their supplier can replenish reserves. So, TDOT will employ some of the other techniques available to clear roadways during weather events in the coming days and weeks. Crews will increase the use of salt brine and calcium chloride, both of which can successfully melt snow and ice from roads, and will help stretch existing salt supplies until new salt shipments arrive in early February. TDOT will also use its fleet of snow plows to remove any snow accumulation from interstates and state routes.
"Once salt reserves are restored, TDOT will resume typical snow and ice removal operations on all state routes," TDOT Maintenance Division Director Greg Duncan said. "Until our salt supplies are replenished, we ask that motorists and residents use extreme caution as we face several more weeks of winter."

For more information on travel conditions on interstates and state routes across Tennessee visit www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511 from any land line or cell phone.