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* News Release *
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 -- 11:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that conditions on the Butler County road system are steadily improving despite very cold temperatures. All roads are clear and passable; however, isolated patches of snow-cover and slush may remain, especially in rural areas. Motorists should continue to drive with caution and allow extra time to get to their destination.

BCEO road crews are still out cleaning up the roads, mainly clearing berms and re-treating problem areas. After plowing the heavy snow off roads well into the evening hours, crews last night began to focus on salt and calcium chloride as their main weapons. "This morning's sunshine is definitely working in our favor by helping the road salt melt more effectively," Wilkens said. "Roads are in good shape and there should be no significant travel concerns. We just ask that motorists watch out for the occasional slick spots and allow the plows and salt trucks plenty of room to do their job."

The Engineer's Office pressed its snow and ice control teams into action around 11:15 yesterday morning as the leading edge of the snow storm moved into the northwestern townships. No unusual problems were encountered, Wilkens noted. "This was a pretty routine storm. There was no wind so we didn't have to contend with any drifting. But the timing of the storm did present some rush hour challenges in the West Chester and Liberty Township areas."

Heavy commuter traffic snarled many roads making it extremely difficult for plows to clear the snow away. Moreover, snow fell at such a fast rate that roadway surfaces were quickly re-covered with another layer of the white stuff shortly after being plowed.

Approximately 6-7 inches accumulated throughout Butler County yesterday making this the biggest snowfall of the season so far. Salt supplies remain plentiful, thanks in part to a very mild first half of the winter which saw virtually no snow and ice control activity.

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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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