TDOT crews ready for the expected wintery mix

Snow plows were filled with salt as the Tennessee Department of Transportation prepared for a possible winter storm Friday

Snow plows were filled with salt as the Tennessee Department of Transportation prepared for a possible winter storm Friday

Plows were installed on TDOT trucks, tanks were filled with the calcium melting agents and crews have prepared to hit the roads.

"We begin our winter preparations months in advance", TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

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TDOT's statewide winter-weather budget this year is $21.4 million, and includes salt, salt brine, overtime for employees and equipment maintenance.

With the threat of the dreaded wintery mix, crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation were out early Friday, preparing to treat interstates and state roads to prevent freezing and unsafe conditions.

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The department says it now has over 229,000 tons of salt and more than 1.6 million gallons of salt brine 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.

Ice accumulations from one tenth to three tenths of an inch are expected, with snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible.

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TDOT officials also plan to share information on social media about how TDOT fights winter weather.

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