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Long hours by road crews pay off

Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- The winter weather hasn't been all fun and games.

Below-freezing temperatures turned slush and snow to ice over throughout Saturday night, keeping T-DOT and Public Works crews busy.

Crews worked around the clock to keep drivers safe.

Drivers tell Eyewitness News they were worried when they set out Sunday morning.

But the icy conditions couldn't weather the storm of salt trucks that have been rolling non-stop.

There's little rest for the weary at the Public Works salt and sand barn.

Once the overnight shift ended, a fresh batch of drivers hit the city's secondary roads hard, clearing ice and snow off roads they couldn't get to on Christmas Day.

"As we were heading north, definitely more snow," says Ken Woods, traveler.

At the I-75 North Tennessee Welcome Center, travelers reap the harvest of the long hours and hard work put in by state trucks.

Knoxville resident Doug Webster stopped in Chattanooga briefly on his way home from Atlanta.

"A few slick spots on the overpasses, but really on the shoulder breakdown lanes," says Webster.

T-DOT officials say trucks focused on treating bridges and overpasses after sunrise. The salt laid Christmas Day gave them an edge overnight.

"It's scary to think of ice and snow when you've never driven on it, I know it can be very dangerous," says Karen Combs, traveler.

Karen Combs and her grandchildren left sunny Florida at 5 a.m. to visit her son in Spring City.

"My son was worried as well. He wasn't sure he wanted us to be on the roads, but the roads have been extremely good today," say Combs.

Off the interstate, inside city limits, Public Works Supervisor Jerry Mauldine says prep work for this event made a big difference.

"Beneficial in being able to put out a salt water brine mixture starting Friday about lunchtime," says Mauldine.

That's the big difference between this snow event and the one that hit the Tennessee Valley earlier this month.

The amount of snow predicted for Christmas Day and temperatures, especially, were the right conditions to prep the roads with brine.

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