Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Street Department on Monday night moved equipment and personnel to battle the wintry mix of ice and snow that hit the area.
City offices will open at 10:00am Tuesday, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts announced after a conference call with City department heads at 8:30pm. Monday. All essential personnel were to be on the job as usual on Tuesday. City Court will begin Tuesday at 10:00am.
Street Department officials said that the department had dump trucks fitted with snow plows and salt boxes on the streets at 9:00pm Monday.
The National Weather Service said a system moved in Monday bringing rain that turned into a mix of freezing rain and snow. Snow accumulations up to one inches are possible.
The Street Department has tons of salt on hand to distribute on City streets as required. Salt is stored at the Street Department Headquarters on Tenth Street, at a facility in St. Bethlehem, and at a smaller depot on Ringgold Road in North Clarksville.
In Clarksville, most of the main roads — Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, Madison Street and Fort Campbell Boulevard, for example — are state highways, with snow removal managed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Regional TDOT equipment first deploys to clear Interstate 24 and then moves to state highways.
The Clarksville Street Department focuses first on City thoroughfares and hilly areas, and then spreads its efforts to subdivisions and residential streets.
Clarksville Transit System will continue its regular route service for as long as possible, but if road conditions worsen, it will implement a “snow routes” plan, whereby buses avoid hilly areas and stay on the main roads. Riders should check www.rideCTS.com or the CTS Facebook page for updates.