Tri-State Crews Pre-Treating Roads in Preparation for Weekend Snowfall

The threat of snow fall is sending all the tri-state departments of transportation leaders to come up with a contingency plan.

Posted: Jan 13, 2022 6:45 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2022 6:45 PM

Salt trucks started pre-treating roads throughout the tri-state Wednesday.

At the Indiana Department of Transportation garage on the west side, they even make their own salt brine, so they have enough in case of severe snow.

In our Indiana counties, there will be anywhere from 35 to 40 salt trucks from the highway department pre-treating roads.

Over in our Western Kentucky counties, there are trucks from the highway department out pre-treating the roads over the next few days.

Thursday, they were laying down brine.

At least one dozen will be out in our Illinois counties.

Due to the moisture on the ground from the snow we already got last weekend, crews are taking a different approach when it comes to winter weather prep.

"What it boils down too is we need to make sure we get salt down on the roads," said Jason Tiller, communications director for INDOT. "And we need to make sure we get any pre-treatment out and all the water that would be associated with that pre-treatment, which is what we use in our salt brine. So all of the salt brine and water, it needs to be evaporated before we get out onto the roads."

The main priority is hitting those interstate highways.

Next is primary route and areas by emergency shelters and medical facilities.

Officials ask drivers not to travel during winter weather.

If they do, use extreme caution, reduce speeds and avoid road crews performing clearing and de-icing operations.

Evansville
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Hi: 28° Lo: 15°
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Owensboro
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Princeton
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Madisonville
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It was another cool, though overall pleasant day across the Tri-State - after only seeing temperatures dive as low as 22° early this morning, peak temperatures ended up climbing a few degrees higher than Thursday's; that being said, Evansville’s high temperature of 27° Was still 15° below average for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, temperatures will gradually fall for 23° around dinner time back down to 19° by10 PM. A weak northerly wind flow most of the night paired with our crystal clear skies will cause temperatures to of fall back down into the mid to low teens once again - Evansville's anticipated low temperature of 12° will mark or coolest since the morning of January 7th.
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