Road crews ready for snow
Clark Countians awoke to the first snowfall of the season Monday morning, but it melted almost as soon as it fell.
Late in the afternoon, County Road Supervisor Allan Curtis said his road crew was ready in case there was more during the evening or overnight.
“We’re just going to wait and see what it’s doing,” he said, but he wasn’t expecting accumulation, and that afternoon, the road surface temperature was still about 50 degrees, so he wasn’t expecting any significant accumulation.
He said the county had about 6,000 gallons of brine solution to pretreat hills and bridges and an agreement with the state Department of Highways for more if they need it.
He said he was prepared to call all his employees to plow the roads if there is snow.
Pat Clark, director of public works for the City of Winchester, said his department has about 300 tons of salt on hand and a contract for 550 more tons, but in a big snowfall, they can use 50 to 100 tons in a night.
He said his crew had already gone out Monday and salted the bridges and overpasses in the event of more snowfall.
“We had all the crew out today,” he said, and they are all subject to being called at any time if needed.
He said all but two of the trucks are equipped with plows.
“We’re prepared,” he said.
Clark said the city has 86 miles of roads, and he said the county probably has at least one and a half times that number.
Most of the main roads in the county are state and federal highways, and the state is responsible for them.