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TDOT gets ready for Winter

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NASHVILLE (WRCB) --The Tennessee Department of Transportation says they are stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this winter season. Salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for the winter season.

"Even small amounts of snow or ice can cripple our transportation system and create dangerous conditions for motorists," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "We have more than 1200 TDOT employees who are ready to mobilize quickly in the event of winter weather and they will work until our roads are clear."

Severe winters in 2009 and 2010 madeTDOT increase their 2012/2013 winter weather budget to $19.7 million. TDOT's winter weather budget includes salt, salt brine, overtime for employees, and equipment maintenance. The department has a total of three salt vendors to refill salt bins in all Tennessee counties.

More than 200,000 tons of salt and more than 1.6 million gallons of salt brine are standing by, ready for use. Salt brine is a salt/water mixture used as a pre-treatment for roads prior to a winter storm or to melt snow on roadways when temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark. Salt is applied to roads once snow has started to accumulate.  

When snow hits, TDOT  focuses ice and snow removal teams on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes first and then target areas vulnerable to freezing, like hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges.


WRCB's Traffic app (free, for iPhone, iPad and Android) also shows roadway conditions, traffic cameras and allows users to set destinations for determining commute and travel times.

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