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Spring Hill preparing for icy roads later today


Spring Hill preparing for icy roads later today

Snow on Main Street in 2016. // MARK COOK

 

By MATT BLOIS

Trucks are already spraying blue salt onto the main roads in Spring Hill in anticipation of freezing rain and snow later today.

The city has two trucks to put salt on the roads, one of which has a snow plow. Spring Hill’s public works director Jeff Foster said there probably won’t be enough snow today to break out the plow. If there are only a few inches of snow the plow can’t effectively push it off the road.   

Spring Hill’s public works director Jeff Foster said the city has close to 80 tons of salt, and in a typical storm his department could easily use 20 tons. 

Once the temperature drops below freezing, the city also plans to use a mixture of saltwater and calcium to keep the roads from getting icy. The calcium reacts with the water as it dissolves and generates a small amount heat, which can help melt the ice.

When sating or plowing, the city prioritizes main roads that cross through town, rather than short roads within subdivisions. The roads on the salt trucks’ route include Kedron Road, Bucker Lane, Bucker Road, Port Royal Road, New Port Royal Road and Reserve Boulevard.

“Today our main thing is taking care of the roads,” Foster said.

Once the snow clears, he said the next challenge will be fixing all the potholes it creates.   

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