Wintry Weather Hits Region, Creating Travel Concerns

By: Brooks Jarosz; Tony Cavalier Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; Tony Cavalier Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. Road crews have been working around the clock to keep paths salted and highways clear.

Taking it to the streets as the snow fell, Russ Bishop was ready to go and didn't waste any time.

"We've been working since about the first of December, 12 hour shifts around the clock," he said.

And after getting their trucks loaded up, it's off to treat the interstates first, then the secondary roads and then smaller county roads.

"Initially on the interstates we use salt," Johnny Walker with the Department of Highways said. "Actually, after it gets below 20 degrees we'll start adding liquid calcium, and it just makes the effectiveness of the salt a lot better to a lower degree."

This process also includes pre-treating some bridges and overpasses.

"On this type of snow, we're having now where we're getting an inch, inch and a half per day," Walker said. "It's just continuous. You're plowing, treating it, the road surface will clear up and then you'll have another snow squall and put another inch down and you go through the same process again."

Bishop said, "You have to keep your eye out then you have to remember you can't see the road from the snow sometimes."

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