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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, January 6, 1999 -- 10:30 a.m.
For Immediate Release

BCEO SNOWFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO TREAT ROADS
Engineer's Office Purchases New Multi-lane Snow Plow

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that County and Township roads are in generally good condition this morning; however, motorists should continue to watch for slushy and icy patches. Black ice may also be encountered in spots, particularly on lesser traveled roads where traffic hasn't had as much time to grind the salt into the ice. BCEO snow and ice control crews continue to monitor all roads and treat problem areas, salting and plowing as needed to keep roads safe and passable.

With an additional 1-3 inches of new snow, sleet, and freezing rain predicted for later today, all drivers are again preparing for several full rounds of treatments. "We have plenty of salt on hand and continue to receive new shipments daily," Foster said. "With the extremely cold temperatures our crews have utilized a lot of calcium chloride this week, but that too is holding out and more is on the way." Calcium chloride is mixed with salt at temperatures below 20 degrees to help the salt maintain its effectiveness. Salt becomes increasingly less effective as temperatures approach zero and may also be combined with sand and grit to increase traction.

The Butler County Engineer's Office has also purchased a new truck with a wing plow for multi-lane plowing. It is outfitted with two blades and is capable of handling two lanes in one pass. The new truck, which will see its "maiden voyage" today, will be utilized mainly in Union Township for major thoroughfares like Union Centre Boulevard, eastern sections of Tylersville Road, and other multi-lane roadways, according to Foster.

The BCEO reminds motorists to use caution when driving in winter weather, and to be especially careful and courteous around salt trucks and snow plows. Please yield as much as possible to these large trucks for the safety of motorists and the truck drivers themselves.

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