Knoxville has 1800 tons of salt in case of winter weather

We got a little taste of winter weather on Tuesday, with cold winds and a few snowflakes flying around, but no problems.

The City of Knoxville is prepared in case of a major winter weather event. Each year the Public Service Department replenishes its salt piles, goes through training and and makes sure equipment is ready for winter.

"We've stocked up on salt so we have 1800 tons of salt, make sure our brine liquid system is in place, started brewing and making brine. We made sure our equipment is ready and lubricated, tested all of our spreading and plowing equipment and then we held a training for our employees," said David Brace, Public Service Director.

The city has up to 180 employees and 21 pieces of equipment available to clear streets and support emergency services if there's bad weather. City crews typically pre-treat streets with a salt brine solution up to 48-hours before ice or snow.


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