NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional offices remain stocked with road salt and salt brine following the latest round of snow and ice in the state. TDOT officials report the department is NOT experiencing salt shortages. In addition to salt already on hand, TDOT continues to receive new shipments of road salt to replenish any salt supplies used during recent winter events.TDOT reminds motorists that when there’s ice and snow, take it slow, especially on bridges and overpasses. When snow hits Tennessee, TDOT maintenance crews focus on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes first, specifically targeting areas vulnerable to freezing, like hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges. During a typical snow event, maintenance crews pre-treat the roadways by applying anti-icing salt brine to roadways before switching to salt and plowing once snow begins to fall. Sand and calcium chloride may also be used to remove any accumulating snow and ice.
TDOT provides winter driving tips for drivers on their web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/mediaroom/snowbuster.htm
All Tennesseans can monitor roadway conditions before leaving home by visiting the Tennessee 511 website at www.tn511.com or by dialing 511 from any land line or cellular phone.