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winter weather comes slippery roads, and that's why crews in Wood County were
out salting overpasses Monday as they prepared for the cold.
overpasses always freeze up first because there's free-flowing air underneath
them and not ground warmth to keep the roads warm," said Richard Greulich from
the Wood County Engineer's Office.
were out treating the roads on Monday. Instead of using brine, they simply
salted the overpasses because of the early rainfall.
it's already wet like you have today, you're putting wet on wet [if you use
brine], and it's going to dissipate too fast," Greulich said. "So what we're
doing is putting rock salt on the road – as the cars roll over, it'll crush it
into the asphalt and stay there longer."
says going through the motions of prepping roads on a lighter snow event is
helpful for crews.
getting familiar with the controls again, and familiar with the truck and the
salting again," he said. "[It's] something you do every year, but when you don't
do it for a whole nine months you got to get back in here and get started
the winter weather hits, Greulich reminds all drivers to play it safe.
slowing down earlier, make sure you've got enough distance between you and the
vehicle in front of you," he said.