Road crews gear up to tackle winter storm

When the first snow storm of the winter strikes, road crews gear up to make sure all major streets, highways and main roads are clear and safe to travel on.

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SAGINAW, Mich. - When the first snow storm of the winter strikes, road crews gear up to make sure all major streets, highways and main roads are clear and safe to travel on.

“Our main crews will be heading out early at 4 o’clock in the morning loaded and ready to go,” said Dennis Borchard; Managing Director at the Saginaw County Road Commission.

Borchard says the road department’s barn is stocked with salt.

He says his department has already inspected every salt truck and its technology to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

“The biggest thing is we’re going to be out even before this event hits and prepping our roads with salt and brine to anticipate some slippery conditions,” Borchard stated.

Borchard says it’s all hands-on deck and the Michigan Department of Transportation makes sure they’re covered at all times too.

“We do have a crew that will be coming in at 6pm tonight to help monitor conditions. We also have our first shift prepared to come in as early as 2am,” said Jocelyn Hall; Spokesperson for the Bay Regio MDOT.

Hall says her crews take winter maintenance very seriously, especially when it's the first big snowfall of the year.

“We know that can often catch our motorists off guard so we want to make sure that we really make a conversant effort to treat the roads as best we can,” said Hall.

That means plows and salt trucks will be out in full force and Hall wants to remind drivers to stay vigilant.

“We recommend that you stay anywhere from 6 to 10 car lengths behind a snow plow. If you cannot see their side mirrors, they can't see you either,” she said.

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