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* News Release *
Friday, January 21, 2005 -- 9:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that conditions on the County roadway system are improving, although many roads remain snow-covered to slushy, especially in rural townships. All BCEO snow and ice control crews are continuing to plow and salt the roads this morning, and as increased traffic and sunshine work in conjunction with the salt, rapid improvement is expected. Motorists however should continue to utilize caution and allow plenty of extra driving time.

Crews have been working continuously since 7:00 yesterday morning when what began as a pesky clipper storm dusted the region. As the snow not only persisted but intensified into a full blown winter storm, crews had to begin plow operations yesterday afternoon. An extremely heavy burst of snow last night ensured that crews would be busy through the overnight hours. Our snow and ice control teams report an average of 5-6 inches across Butler County with no significant drifting other than some minor drifts across State Line Center Road.

By 7:30 this morning, 994 tons of salt and 2,775 gallons of calcium chloride had been spread on County roads in conjunction with this snowfall. As another round of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected to hit the area by late tonight, BCEO crews are already preparing and will be out in force. "Roads will still be coated with a layer of salt and brine from the previous storm, which will help us get a jump on the next one," noted Operations Deputy Scott Bressler. Salt is in good supply at the Engineer's Office and no shortages are anticipated. A new salt barn constructed in 1999 holds up to 6,500 tons of salt and has helped improve snow and ice control efficiency, according to Bressler.

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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