Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Frigid Temperatures Complicate Clearing Roadways
WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Transportation officials say the bitterly cold temperatures are complicating their efforts to get roadways cleared.
Road crews have been plowing and salting streets for several days, but with little success.
"It's been so cold," said Williamson County Engineer Greg Smothers.
He says the rain that preceded Sunday's snow storm caused a major problem.
"We had flash freezing of those wet pavements, and so everything has kind of got a thin layer of ice,' said Smothers.
Removing the ice has been all but impossible.
"Salt is not very effective at those temperatures," explained Smothers.
Many of the main roads are passable but some side streets continue to be treacherous.
"Some of our secondary roads we just put the material down and didn't plow because we were afraid we would make it worse by exposing the ice," said Smothers.
Many local drivers have witnessed the dangers first hand.
"The left lane was still covered in ice," said local driver Andy Wissner.
Crews will continue to treat the roads until all of the ice is removed, likely for the next few days.
"This winter we have used enough salt in comparison to the last two and maybe three years combined," said Smothers.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 73 %