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Corinth Street Department Ready for Winter Storm

John Michael Tucker with the Corinth Street Department pulls back the cover on a container full of rock salt to treat roads if snow and ice hit Friday. (Photos by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

John Michael Tucker of the Corinth Street Department looked over the snow- and ice-fighting machine to make sure it is ready to treat slick roads if a winter storm hits Friday.

The Corinth Street Department is prepared, Tucker said Thursday afternoon.

Snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing rain and sleet is likely before 9 a.m. Friday, and snow and sleet is expected between 9 a.m. and noon with more snow in the afternoon. The high will be around 32 degrees.

The Salt Dog machine on the back of a pickup truck has a large container filled with rock salt, which can be mechanically dispersed to melt snow and ice on bridges and hills.

The city street department also has 12,000 gallons of saltwater brine ready to go, Tucker noted. Street workers must make sure the saltwater is put on the roads at the right time so the rain won’t wash it away, Tucker noted.

In the event of slick conditions Friday, motorists should stay off the roads as much as possible, Tucker said. If motorists see street department vehicles treating bridges, they are encouraged to stay back until the city vehicles are off the bridge, Tucker added.

Street department workers are on standby, and Tucker will monitor conditions overnight. He has a list of city bridges to treat for slick conditions. Garbage collection was scheduled to run as normal unless conditions are deemed unsafe.

The street department grader has new blades to remove ice should it form on roadways. Chainsaws, brush trucks, backhoes and other equipment are ready to go as well, Tucker said.

“I know we’re ready,” Tucker asserted.

John Michael Tucker with the Corinth Street Department stands next to the Salt Dog machine, which treats roads made slick by snow and ice.

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