Road Crews Prepare for Cold Blast

(Memphis) – The sight of snowflakes falling in Memphis was exciting for some.

“I would like to play outside in snow,” Madison Tucker said.

Others find the wintry weather frustrating.

“We all are inside cold can’t do anything, can’t go anywhere, can’t enjoy ourselves. So summer, I’m really looking forward to it,” Terry Rucker said.

Drivers like Rucker also worry about getting home. He has to cross the bridge from Memphis into Arkansas and got stuck in the backup during the last cold blast.

“It`s a really bad problems because when it ices it take probably an hour to 2 hours to get across the bridge, so the ice is a really big problem.”

To avoid those types of problems, city street crews got ahead of this latest round of winter weather.

“We spent all days yesterday applying the brine on all our bridges and overpasses, inclines and declines in preparation for today,” Memphis Deputy Dir. of Maintenance Robert Knecht said.

You may have noticed white residue on the roadways left over from the brine.

So far surface temperatures are above freezing, but city crews worry the mercury will drop overnight and create dangerous driving conditions.

So they are packing up the sand trucks just in case.

“We realize that tonight there is a greater possibility so we are having crews work through today and tonight just as  a precaution just to make sure we don`t have any problems for the traveling public,” Knecht said.

As always he said for drivers to be extra cautious on overpasses and bridges since they always ice the first.

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