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* News Release *
Thursday, December 5, 2002 -- 12:00 noon
For Immediate Release

Crews Continue to Treat Roadways

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that conditions on the County and Township roads have improved throughout the morning hours following the season's first major winter storm. While all roads are passable, some remain snow-covered and slushy. Motorists should continue to use caution and allow plenty of extra driving time.

BCEO snow and ice control crews were dispatched at 7:30 Wednesday evening and have been plowing and salting continuously. As of 7:30 this morning, crews had each completed four rounds and spread 499 tons of salt and 1,275 gallons of calcium. No drifting problems were reported, but a five to six hour period of very heavy snow overnight made it difficult to keep the roadways clear.

Thirteen plows are currently in operation and will continue to salt and plow throughout the afternoon as necessary. As traffic, salt, and limited sun take effect, road conditions are expected to continue to improve; however, some re-freezing on road surfaces could result tonight as temperatures fall to near 10 degrees.

County road crews have estimated final snow depths ranging from three inches in northwestern Butler County to 4-5 inches in the southeastern townships.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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