Icy road conditions cause crews to spread sand and salt

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Water Works crews worked into the morning Wednesday spreading sand and salt on icy roads. A leak in downtown Columbus on 12th street near the post office caused workers to place barricades as a precaution for drivers. "Everything has to be located to see where it's located, we've got the utilities and staff underground to try to determine where the leak is," says Eric Dortch, Team Captain.

Division Manger of the Urban Forestry and Landscape Beautification, Scott Jones, says they're averaging about 10 to 12 icy road related calls a night.  He says crews should arrive to the location within 45 minutes to place sand and sometimes salt on the road.

"Salt tends to work better on flat areas. If we get a great deal of it we will be mixing the salt and sand together and disbursing on the roadways," added Jones.

With temperatures expected to say in the 20s for the remainder of the week and the possibility of some light snow, Jones says the preps are not over yet.

"We have prepared the rest of the week with salt and sand both on hand. We have everything ready to go if we do get ice and snow," according to Jones.

For the most part, incidents resulting from the icy conditions are minimal according to city officials. But, when you're behind the wheel, play it safe and drive carefully.

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