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Columbus Public Works ready for icy roads

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Like most in the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus Public Works is standing by and keeping a close watch on the frigid conditions heading into our area.

Overnight, below freezing temperatures and icy roads are expected to reach the area, and the public works department is all set to weather the cold.

Pat Biegler, Director of Public Works explains, "We have a certain amount of overtime in the budget each year for weather events, whether that's heavy rains and trees coming down or icy roads. We have a certain amount of over time built into the budget."

So, when the roads get slick, Biegler says she already has a plan set in motion to send Public Works crews out with sand spreaders to problem areas throughout Muscogee County.

"When they get called out, and I'm sure they will considering the temperatures we're looking at, they will hit the bridges and main roads first and any calls that come in to 911," Biegler adds.

The city has two sand spreaders and several crews on stand by to cover icy patches on roads with sand for better traction. Biegler did not give us an exact number for the budget, but tells us Public Works is nowhere near the limit.

"We would have to have a lot of bad weather in order for that to bust the over time budget," she says.

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