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Clarksville Street Department ready for Wintry Roads

 

Trucks ready to spread salt as needed

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – With Clarksville under an Ice Storm Warning from 6:00pm today, Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 until 6:00pm Thursday, the Clarksville Street Department has prepared equipment and personnel to battle the wintry mix if and when it arrives.

A Clarksville Street Department truck, fitted with a salt box, is ready to roll if ice begins to hit area roads. A salt box ready to be placed on another truck hangs in the next bay at the Street Department equipment garage.

A Clarksville Street Department truck, fitted with a salt box, is ready to roll if ice begins to hit area roads. A salt box ready to be placed on another truck hangs in the next bay at the Street Department equipment garage.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting temperatures here will fall below freezing around 9:00pm tonight with a possible overnight accumulation of one-quarter to one-half inch of ice. Potential impacts include hazardous travel, power outages, and tree damage.

Clarksville Street Department has fitted 24 dump trucks with salt boxes and crews are at ready to begin coating streets and roads with rock salt and brine as needed. Crews are prepared with equipment and trucks to remove debris if ice causes trees and limbs to break and fall onto roadways.

“We have a full supply of salt on hand, around 11,000 tons, and we’re ready to go,” said Scott Bibb, Clarksville Street Department Operations Supervisor.

Salt is stored at a supply depot on Franklin Street and at a Needmore Road facility in St. Bethlehem. Bibb said the predicted rain and relatively warm temperatures precluded the Street Department from salting streets in advance because the rain would simply wash the salt off the pavement.

When ice and snow hit, the Clarksville Street Department focuses first on City thoroughfares and hilly areas, and then spreads its efforts to subdivisions and residential streets.

In Clarksville, most of the main roads — Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, Madison Street, and Fort Campbell Boulevard, for example — are state highways, with ice and snow removal managed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Regional TDOT equipment first deploys to clear Interstate 24 and then moves to the local state highways.

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.

 


 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) announced about 1:15pm Wednesday that schools would suspend live instruction and use the system’s remote-learning-from-home option for all students on Thursday because of the forecast.


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