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Set Up for Storm Keeps TDOT on Sidelines

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The set up for this storm has kept the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the sidelines more than normal. In recent years, TDOT crews have been on the streets before the first flake fell, spreading brine to keep the roads clear. With this storm, there was so much rain on the front end spraying a salt solution on the roads would have been a waste of time because it would have washed away. The good news is TDOT has plenty of salt, 69,000 tons of it in the Middle Tennessee district alone. Around 7pm tonight, TDOT salt trucks started spreading that salt in Davidson and Williamson Counties. Their primary targets are bridges and overpasses because they freeze first. With a low of 27 tonight, we could have a lot of slick spots. TDOT says it's expecting worse problems in Northwest Middle Tennessee and has beefed up staffing in those areas accordingly. In the Nashville area, those TDOT help trucks will be working overtime all the way through Saturday night to help people who get stuck or run out of gas.

Deanna Lambert says TDOT will be monitoring its traffic cameras and dispatch those help trucks if they see you need a hand.

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