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Crews Plow Through the Challenges of Clearing the Roads

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Hours before the snow started falling on Saturday, Charleston road crews were resting up and spit-balling strategy.

"We're watching, as everybody is, the weather and the radar and just waiting to see what type of storm we're going to get and then we'll deal with it," said Gary Taylor, public works director for the city of Charleston.

Dealing with it, though, is the last thing some drivers want to do.

"No, I don't prefer to drive in the snow, don't like the ice, don't trust the other drivers because some people try to go real fast -- you know, if everybody would take their time then we would be all right," said driver Debra Payne.

Payne said that the city does a good job of clearing the roads but doing so isn’t without its challenges.

15 trucks and miles of road means not every street in town will get priority plowing.

"So we do stay off a lot of the flats and we do spend most of our time on the hills and the more dangerous areas," said Taylor.

And while the trucks spit out salt to melt the ice build-up, when it gets too cold it’s not enough.

"But you get in temperatures like we're in right now -- in the low, single digits like it is and freezing salt doesn't, nothing is going to work real well," said Taylor.

So when worse comes to worse, some drivers like Payne just hop in their SUV.

“Well, because you sit high and look low," said Payne.

Because when there’s ice and snow it’s important to take it slow.


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