TDOT Prepares For Winter

TDOT salt truck... Photo by Barry West

TDOT salt truck… Photo by Barry West

Now that Halloween is over, winter weather is the main focus for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
WBIR-TV in Knoxville reports that although TDOT said it prepares for the snowy season year-round, it said it’s ready to hit the roads as soon as winter storms strike.
TDOT has a fleet of about 215 salt trucks, 215 snow plows and 31 salt bins, which together carry a total of nearly 70,000 tons of salt.
TDOT expects to spend a little more than last season which ended up being just under $20 million.
Meteorologists said they expect above normal precipitation, whether it be rain or snow, because of the milder temperatures and cloud cover.
They said they cannot rule out the possibility of ice storms like last year.