City workers prepare for snow

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - City workers were out Thursday night to try and prevent drivers from having accidents. With snow expected for Friday, the Public Services Department is gearing up with preventative measures.

Once snow or ice hits the ground their first goal is to clear off the main roads, and if temperatures stay below freezing they move on to bridges and overpasses. If some spots get too bad to drive on, they are prepared to put out barricades and re-route traffic.

Ron Smith, the Deputy Director of Columbus Public Services told News Leader Nine, "Since we don't really have snow removal equipment we mainly try to handle icy spots, those kinds of things. We'll have trucks getting loaded today with sand and salt. We have people on stand-by that will come in and put that out when we start having snow."

Smith tells us the salt is spread out to melt the snow and ice and the sand helps cars get better traction on the roads. The Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off the roads, but if you have to get out, they urge you to drive slowly and allow yourself enough stop room.

Before you drive make sure your brakes are working properly and pack a little patience.

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