Road crews prepare for second round of winter storms

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JACKSON, Tenn. — State and city road agencies are ready for round two of winter weather, according to officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Jackson Street Department. As trucks and plows sat on standby Thursday afternoon at TDOT’s Region Four headquarters, it was like a calm before a storm. “Our crews are making sure that all the gas tanks are full, the salt brine trucks are filled up and our salt trucks are actually full as well,” TDOT spokeswoman Nichole Lawrence said. Lawrence said drivers are not likely to see crews out working until after midnight. “Our crews won’t be doing any pre-treating right now, because there’s still the residue of the agents and things that we’ve already laid out through this week,” Lawrence said. Jackson city crews spent Thursday targeting icy spots by breaking the ice and then spraying with a salt and sand mix. “Hopefully that’s going to work with the ice when we get it,” said Johnny Weddle with the Jackson Street Department. Weddle said staff are not worried about the possibility of a wintry mix. “We’re ready! Some of the guys here are anxious,” he said. Both agencies said they will not change plans of attack for the second round of winter storms.

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