For the Secondary Road Department, yesterday's winter weather event is still going. County Engineer Roger Schletzbaum said his crews have been over all of the roads in the county at least once. Wind is blowing much of the snow back on the roads, especially on gravel. Paved roads are faring better.
There is a lawy of ice which has formed on the roads, under the snow. With today's cold temperatures, the crews are struggling the clear the roads entirely.
Crews have been running since 4 a.m. They intend to resume at 4 a.m. Friday as well. Drivers are advised that if they must travel, use caution.
"I think the operative word here is to drive for the conditions you encounter," Schletzbaum said. Slow down, plan your routes and be careful, he said.
In town, Knoxville Street Superintendent Dennis Webb said this has been a difficult snow for his department. City crews also started at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, but the snow continued to fall for hours after that.
"Eight inches of snow is a lot for us," Webb said. There are several piles of snow around town, which will be dumped near Auld Park. The road to the City's brush dump, where snow is usually taken, will not allow access. Webb said the vehicles are in good condition and he hopes to have everything cleaned up within a week.
City crews have used approximately 40 tons of salt and sand for this snow and 100 tons for the year. Marion County used 60 tons of sand and a similar amount of salt thus far.