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* News Release *
 
Monday, January 26, 2004 -- 1:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release

ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVING
Major Winter Storm Keeps Crews Busy

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that conditions on the County and Township roads have greatly improved following the season's first major winter storm. With temperatures now above freezing, exposed roadway surfaces are generally wet with some slushy areas, though a few frozen patches may remain. Motorists should continue to utilize caution.

At the height of yesterday's snowfall, BCEO crews were in a plow-only mode, according to Wilkens. The cold, dry snow and gusty winds produced considerable drifting, especially along north-south roads. As the heavy snow changed to sleet and freezing rain last night, a glaze of ice over the snow reduced the drifting problems but caused additional icing hazards. Snowfall amounts averaged about six inches throughout most of the County.

BCEO snow and ice control crews were dispatched at 12:00 noon Sunday and have been plowing and salting continuously. County roads were pre-treated with 500 gallons of salt brine late last week in anticipation of the weekend storm, and by 9:00 this morning crews had spread 435 tons of salt and 875 gallons of calcium. Thirteen plows are currently in operation and will continue to salt and plow throughout the afternoon as necessary.

Snow and Ice Control page.

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For more information contact:

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


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