T-DOT working on Christmas:"It's a job and someone has to do it"
Story by Paul Shahen
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- While a lot of you are dreaming of that historic white Christmas, some folks will be working to keep you safe. T-DOT crews are bracing for what could be a holiday away from home.
It's kind of ironic when you think about it. Road crews are sacrificing time with their family to make sure you can be safe with your family.
But as they say, it's a job, and someone has to do it.
"Where's mommy, where's daddy? It's hard," says Robert Carroll.
Robert Carroll will never get used to explaining to his kids why he can't be home on Christmas or any other holiday Mother Nature decides to wreak havoc on. But he knows it's what he has to do.
"Yeah, it's sort of frustrating, but we gotta do what we gotta do, keep the roads safe, that's what we're here for," says Carroll.
Carroll is one of dozens of T-DOT workers on standby Friday and Saturday.
The Channel 3 Storm Alert Team predicts up to two inches on Christmas, meaning supervisor Sam Chauncy will have no choice but to activate his troops, pulling them away from families.
"I hate to ask them to come in, especially on Christmas. They've got families, but most of them will come in," says Chauncy.
They will show up, ready to run more than 200 salt trucks equipped with plows, not to mention the anti-freezing brine that's applied until the snow starts.
T-DOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn has seen Mother Nature ice over holiday plays before. She says these road crew members are the backbone of T-DOT.
"They go above and beyond the call of duty, they keep our roadways safe no matter when or what time. They're doing their jobs, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude," says Flynn.
T-DOT does pay those employees holiday pay, which is at least time and a half.
I also spoke with Public Works in Chattanooga, exact same story over there.
Even with crews working non-stop through the holiday to keeps roads clean, please use extra caution.