Knoxville, Tenn. (Jan. 10, 2011) — Knox County executive branch offices closed early Monday due to inclement weather, but Engineering & Public Works road crews continued their efforts to keep county roads safe.
“Our employees and citizens should put safety first,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. "We have an experienced staff out salting and plowing roads, and they'll be working throughout the night to help minimize the impact of this winter storm."
Knox County Engineering & Public Works crews were on the roads ahead of the snowfall early Monday morning with eight salt trucks treating county roadways.
By late Monday morning, 11 salt trucks were out treating Knox County roads, and at least four snowplow-equipped supervisor trucks were working to clear away snow, according to Deputy Director of Engineering & Public Works Jim Snowden.
In anticipation of this most recent winter storm, Snowden said E&PW built up road salt reserves to about 2000 tons, which should be sufficient for the current winter weather event. As of mid-afternoon, road crews had spread between 600 and 700 tons of salt on Knox County roads, Snowden said.