Winter Road Preparations
Highway crews are ready to roll with salt and sand for the season's first winter storm. But they don't wait until the sleet begins, because it's all about getting a head start on melting whatever falls. That's the reason they begin putting down salt about eight hours before the ice storm begins.
Monday morning, workers began mixing salt and sand to prepare for a long night of keeping highways passable. Trucks are also loaded with salt brine to spray on the road. The pretreatment helps keep the ice from bonding to the pavement.. The sand and salt mixture gives drivers a better grip.
Despite the preparation, highway engineers say ice storms can be very dangerous because of changing conditions. Drivers can be traveling on wet pavement one minute and on a sheet of ice the next. Engineers hope drivers will help them out and give plenty of room to the snowplows carrying all that salt and sand.
Contractors have been delivering tons of salt to the maintenance yard. Engineers say they're ready for whatever the weather dishes out.