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Brine on the highway

Posted Monday, January 26, 2009, at 12:15 PM

We got the following press release just now from Tennessee Department of Transportation:

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews in West and Middle Tennessee (including the Cumberland Plateau) are out today placing brine on roadways in anticipation of tonight's possible winter weather event.

West Tennessee forces are placing brine along roadways from I-40 north to the Kentucky state line. Middle Tennessee crews are also placing salt brine on roadways from I-40 north to the state line and areas immediately south of I-40, such as Rutherford, Bedford and Williamson Counties. TDOT maintenance forces are also spreading brine along the Cumberland Plateau with special focus on bridges, overpasses and larger hills.

TDOT maintenance crews will be on stand-by throughout the night and will mobilize to treat roadways at the first sign of snow or ice. TDOT crews focus first on clearing interstates, followed by major & minor state routes.

TDOT reminds motorists that an abundance of caution should be used whenever freezing rain or ice is falling. It is very difficult to maneuver a car in icy conditions. It is also more difficult to remove ice from roadways, so if you must venture out, please drive slowly, leave plenty of room between your car and the car in front of you, and especially leave plenty of room for any snowplows you may encounter (they are likely spreading salt which can be corrosive to car paint).

For more information on TDOT's snow and ice removal program, driving tips, vehicle preparation tips, etc. visit the department's website at: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/mediaroom/sn...

I'm not sure I'd describe Bedford as "immediately south of I-40," but there you go. Better safe than sorry, I'm sure.


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thanks for the update I was watching this earlier, 1/4 inch of ice expected in TN, in KY they are expected 1/2 inch of ice. That is harsh.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 12:25 PM

Who knows what this weather will end up doing!! The weather channel is calling for a high of 46 here today..if it plans on getting that warm it better hurry along because the actual is only 33 and it is almost 1:30 pm now.

If the temps don't come on up then I would say we may very well be in for some icy weather tonight instead of the rain they had predicted eariler. Of course I am no weather expert I just know at what point water freezes :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:21 PM

I have my digital thermometer outside my classroom, 27. It has dropped 8 degrees since lunch about 2 hours ago!

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:44 PM

Oops, 37.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:25 PM

Count yourself lucky; you could be up here in MO. It hasn't made it past 20 degrees for the past two days. And the weather for tonight through tomorrow: Yuck!

-- Posted by Tyger on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:59 PM

When I saw the headline I thought a pickle truck had crashed :)

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 9:56 AM


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