Roads expected to be treacherous overnight, Wednesday morning

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
There was little traffic Tuesday morning on Depot Street near the square.
T-G Photo by John I. Carney

Both Bedford County Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman and Shelbyville Public Works director Eric Pierce said this afternoon that single-digit temperatures overnight will create black ice conditions Wednesday morning.

"They'll be a whole lot worse in the morning than they were this morning," said Smotherman.

"There's going to be a lot of black ice," said Pierce.

Bedford County Schools have already announced that they will be closed on Wednesday.

Smotherman said there are still "a lot of slick places" in the county. His three trucks have been working all day, he said, but there are 680 miles of county-maintained roads. The trucks have had to concentrate on the hilliest and most-traveled roads, but there are back roads that won't get as much attention and that will be icy.

"They're just solid," said Smotherman. Even though air temperatures aren't scheduled to rise above freezing on Wednesday, if there's sunshine, it could warm the pavement enough to help melt some of the ice as the day wears on but that does nothing to help those who have to be out first thing in the morning.

Pierce said his crews, as well, have been busy today working on city streets.

"We're just trying to keep up," said Pierce. He recommended that anyone who can stay home should do so until the temperature moderates some later in the week.