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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