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Lexington road crews ready for winter weather

The Lexington Streets and Roads Department has already gone into 24 hour coverage mode. That means that each employee assigned to snow removal will be working in 12 hour shifts. Some employees have been sent home to rest before coming back in at 7 Thursday night to work through the night.

The plan is to pretreat bridges and overpasses in the afternoon as the temperatures drop and before the evening commute.

Bill Osborne, of the Lexington Streets and Roads Department tells 27 NEWSFIRST they will begin loading the trucks with material likely by 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

Because we're expecting heavy rain before the snow, Osborne says they'll have to change their usual procedure.

"Well, we're going to pretreat with salt instead of brine. The rain would just wash of the brine and it would just be a waste of resources," said Osborne.

While city crews are out treating the roads, they are asking for drivers to stay clear of their machinery while they make the roads safer.

Workers say about fifty trucks will be hitting the road early Thursday afternoon.

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