When winter weather arrives, TDOT is ready to roll

1:07 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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When the weather outside turns frightful, TDOT says they are ready to make the roads safe for you to drive.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says they've replenished salt supplies in all 95 Tennessee counties, and that crews have been preparing snow plows and brine trucks to deal with winter weather.

"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."

TDOT says they have more than 200,000 tons of salt and more than 1.6 million gallons of salt brine ready for use. Salt brine is a salt/water mixture used to pre-treat roads, to prevent freezing. Salt is applied once snow has started to accumulate.

In a snow event, TDOT focuses first on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes.  They also specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, like hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges.

TDOT has a number of tools available to keep motorists informed about travel conditions, including the TDOT Smartway Mobile website (http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/), which provides smartphone users access to TDOT's SmartWay cameras, incident information, and messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs. Users can also access valuable information on weather related road conditions such as snow and ice, as well as flooding.

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