Snow causes road woes

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Maintenance crews across the state are plowing roads, trying to clear a path as fast as possible.

Road crews were standing by on Wednesday, watching the snow fall and making sure their trucks were ready to go.

Once the snow started accumulating again, drivers hit the streets. Trucks were back on the roads around 8:00 Wednesday night.

The snow that was not sticking, was now piling up on the roads.

"It was snowing, but it wasn't accumulating, it was melting. It really wasn't doing anything. Then the temperature dropped quickly, and frost turned to ice," Aric Skaggs, of the Perry County Maintenance Garage, said.

"The roads tore up, holes everywhere, and it's muddy everywhere. So we can't play at the park," Carl Morgan said.

The overnight snow caused a lot of school cancellations, but some still tried to drive on unsafe roads.

One driver in the Lost Creek area of Knott County lost control going down a narrow road, and almost crashed into a creek.

"The angle where she went over was pretty sharp. It's amazing she didn't flip over," Trooper Timothy Mullins said.

She was rescued by Jake's Branch Rescue Squad, and taken to the hospital. This was one of several accidents due to unsafe snowed roads.

"We just have accidents here and there. There's not any one particular place where there's any concentration of them," Mullins said.

The road crews had enjoyed a little break from the snow, but many are weary the long hours and double shifts.

"This has been a very trying season. All the guys are really tired of the snow and ice. It's been quite difficult," Skaggs said.

The garage has used 5,000 tons of salt, and Perry County crews are running out. The dome used to be full of salt, from the floor to the ceiling all the way to the back wall. But there's been so much snow this winter, crews are only down to about 1,000 tons.

But Skaggs is optimistic the crews will get through the season.

"That should be enough to get us through the next few weeks," Skaggs said.

But what he really hopes for is a change of season.

"They're very anxious for spring to come. That way they can have a little down time and rest, and be back on a normal schedule," Skaggs said.

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