Crews Keep Roads Clear with Low Salt Supply

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Road crews couldn't seem to keep up with Monday's snow and ice storm and a dwindling salt supply.

Crews quickly plowed the roads during the early morning hours, but fresh snow covered them just as quick.

Some drivers described the roads as treacherous.

"It seems that everywhere there's no snow on the ground. It's actually slicker because then you're on the ice," said Lee Orr, who had to brave the roads to get to work.

Yet salt truck drivers like Marvin Harshman were in their trucks as early as Sunday night.

"This morning, it was snowing so hard you'd plow an area, and you'd come back through ten minutes later, and it didn't even look like you'd been there," Harshman said.

He was one of 18 Charleston City trucks out all day treating high priority roads first.

"After I do the firehouses, I usually hit all the high ground, take care of all the big hills and everything so that people ain't got to worry about slipping and sliding coming down on their way to work in the morning or getting home," he said.

The city is running low on its salt supply, and Harshman says crews are using it sparingly on hills and major roadways. All in hopes you don't find trouble while braving the treacherous conditions.

With a little more than 1,000 pounds of salt left, city officials say they are hoping to make it through the winter without having to order any more.

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