TDOT salt truck slid off the road in Blount County
Update 2:50 pm. TDOT says all Region 1 (24 counties, from Morgan to Johnson) roads have been treated. Motorists are still advised to use caution when traveling through East Tennessee.
TDOT maintenance crews continue to treat all interstates and state routes in the region, with temperatures presently in the high 20s/low 30s. We are still seeing ice on the roadways in some areas, and trees have fallen in various spots.
Crews will continue to treat East Tennessee roadways, bridges, overpasses, etc this evening where necessary.
After hours of pre-treatment with brine on Thursday, crews from TDOT and Knox County are out early Friday morning continuing to monitor and treat roads.
TDOT crews arrived at 4:30 am to start loading their trucks up with salt and a calcium chloride mixture in East Knoxville. The drivers then drove to a staging area along their routes to await the order to start treating when the roads start icing.
There are 215 TDOT trucks out on the roads Friday morning. They are responsible for all interstates and state highways.
Knox County crews were also out in the early morning hours, with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett riding along to keep track of road conditions.
Burchett said the county had 21 trucks on the street, 11 spreading brine and 10 spreading salt.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is also monitoring the situation on the roads. She tweeted Friday morning "Great job by Public Service Dept! Used 35,000 gallons of brine. They were able to pretreat 99% of all neighborhood streets."
She went on to say that it is starting to get slick on untreated roads, and bridges are freezing. She says crews are starting to salt certain areas.