Wednesday, February 12 2014, 01:30 PM EST
T-DOT Prepares For Next Possible Snow Storm
Just two weeks after snow and ice paralyzed much of the southeast, we might see its return in a few days.
Many Chattanoogans may dread the colder conditions, and understandably so. Commutes that took five minutes took several hours.
Extreme temperatures made it difficult for the melting agents to work properly, so additional salt trucks and snowplows were used to make roadways driveable. Even they got caught up in serious traffic.
But this week, the Tennessee Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn says the roads will be ready for anything.
"The way we look at it, it's better to be proactive than reactive. It doesn't work very well so we try to be proactive whenever we can," said Flynn.
Crews began their operations Sunday at 3 p.m. All of the counties in our area fall into Region 2. Local T-DOT crews are equipped with 180 salt trucks, more than 70,000 tons of salt, a $4,000,000 budget, and a plan of action.
"We have a plan, and we've done this a long time. We hope we do a good job, we sure try to do the best job we can and want to keep everyone moving on the roadways."
Flynn is hopeful this system will be primarily snow, and not ice.
"Ice is a nightmare. It's hard for anyone to deal with ice. We'd rather have 6 inches of snow than half an inch of ice."
Bottom line: the agency says to be patient when driving anywhere during winter weather, and if possible, avoid driving altogether.
"If you don't have to go out, just don't get out on the roadways. Just stay home, kick back, and feel sorry for the rest of us out here working in this stuff."
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By: Kelsey Bagwell