Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Crews Work to Clear Ice From Jefferson County Roads
JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The road work continues for crews in Jefferson County, five days after the sleet and snow started to fall.
Engineers say road conditions around the county are improving but there is still work to be done.
"I stayed off the roads the first day," said Mt. Vernon resident John Shrum.
County residents have been dealing with slick driving conditions for several days.
"The snow was deep so I got my truck out and smashed it down flat so I could get out of my driveway," explained Shrum. "It was about a foot deep."
Many of the main streets throughout the county are in good condition, but rural roadways need improvement.
"The roads are still covered with ice and it's frozen over," said Shurm. "In the morning, before the sun starts to melt, they're easy to drive on."
After days of working on major thoroughfares, crews focused their attention on secondary and rural roads. The county's snow plow drivers have worked 20 hours of overtime since the storm hit Thursday, using more than 500 tons of salt in the process.
"It's slushy on quite a few roads but some are already all clear," said Shrum.
The county has used about 30 percent of its salt reserves. There are still about 1,500 tons of salt remaining.
Wind: 8 MPH
Humidity: 87 %