Greater Cincinnati road crews prepare for another snowstorm

Posted at 3:27 PM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 19:41:14-04

CINCINNATI -- Local road crews didn't expect to be dealing with the possibility of snow accumulating again this year, but they're prepared to deal with it. 

A big shipment of salt arrived at the city's salt dome in Camp Washington Tuesday, the first day of spring. Crews will spread it on roads Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as they expect other types of pre-treatment would be washed away before the snow actually arrives. 

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Jarrod Bolden, superintendent of traffic and roads for Cincinnati Public Services, said they're preparing for an early start.

"We may stage some equipment and the resources out on the roads, just depending on what the radar is telling us," he said. "We'll continue to monitor the pavement temperatures to see how they're dropping and once the snow falls, we'll be out there."

The first crew in Cincinnati comes in at 7 p.m. Bolden said they'll be refreshed by another crew in the morning.

"What we do is, we'll get out there tonight when the snow falls, whenever that snow may fall," he said. "We'll be out there and what we'll continue to do is leave our trucks out there, even through the morning commute." 

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Public works crews were also preparing in Northern Kentucky and Indiana. Officials wanted to remind people that rain preceding snow makes the roads trickier to treat, so drivers should be cautious and give the trucks plenty of room as they treat the roads. 

"Be extra careful and drive slow, and be ready for what could be out there," Stuart Stephens with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Kenton County said.