Chris Cooper Managing Editor
March 6, 2014
County workers are still clearing the roads from sun-up to sun-down in Logan County ever since the icy weather hit last Sunday night and early Monday morning. The event has proven to be extremely difficult for those who are fighting to get the ice up off of the roads in a timely manner. Patience is what is being asked for as clearing the roads of thick ice is a daunting task.
Those in the small cities such as Auburn, Adairville and Lewisburg do not have the proper equipment such as plows and graders, and have to rely on good neighbors to help, as well as the good ole’ fashioned sunshine to melt their streets.
Paul Lyne, county road superintendent, says they are doing the best they can, but reminds citizens it is going to take some time to tackle such an event as this recent one.
“We have thrown everything we have at it since Monday,” said Lyne. “But results are slow.”
Lyne added that today they are making some progress. The sunshine and the higher temperatures help a great deal.
“I know people are frustrated, but we are working with 516 miles of roads. We are working our way out into the county, hitting the most populated areas first,” said Lyne.
Some of the difficulties facing the county include the magnitude of ice underneath the snowfall. Ice is not easy to remove, and with the falling temperatures at night, they are having to face refreezing, which puts them starting all over again in some areas.
Other issues are the breaking down of equipment. So far a tractor and plow tore up due to the constant work.
“It takes longer to get the ice up and at times it’s almost impossible. However, the warmer weather and sun is helping us now and the forecast is looking better,” said Lyne.
Lyne said they try to get to those who have scheduled doctors appointments such as for chemotherapy, but he insists there are no roads more important than others and doesn’t want any citizens to feel less important.
“We are trying to get to everyone, it is just taking time,” Lyne said.
The plowing itself has caused issues with blocking people’s driveways, but Lyne says nothing can really be done about that out in the rural areas.
“We can’t stop at every driveway and clear the snow pile made from the plows. We just don’t have that amount of time,” said Lyne.
Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton said his crews have been working from the morning and into the night on the city streets.
“We are having meetings everyday and deciding where we will be working. I can’t say enough about the street department and all those out there in the bitter cold helping to clear the street,” said Stratton. “It’s a time consuming process and we are working as hard and as fast as we can.”
Pretreatment did not work with this recent storm due to the rainfall that came before the ice and snow. The state usually treats the highways with brine, which is a salt mixture, however, this and salt itself were not a saving factor for the ice covered roads.
The county is currently out of salt, but will be bidding on some soon.