Columbia Drivers and Public Works Handle Slick Roads

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COLUMBIA - Columbia drivers and Columbia Public Works trucks took precautions for slick roads due to the first winter storm this season.

Drivers told KOMU 8 News while the day had mostly rain, the roads promised to get dangerous.

"They're starting to get a little bit slippery. The back roads by my house, it was already starting to stick. They were less traveled so obviously they were a lot more slippery than [busier] roads," driver Danny Reynolds said.

Driver Tyler Powell said while he didn't think roads were bad at the start, the rain still caused minor delays.

"They've been just wet. People have been driving slow and cautious," Powell said.

Many drivers said their employers were allowing them to work a half day so they could beat the snow that might fall later in this evening and into Saturday morning.

Steven Sapp, Columbia Public Works Public information specialist, said the department started to take precautions when it found out about the storm a couple days ago.

"We monitored the forecast. We started massing and evaluating our resources. Today since 7 o'clock when the full crew came on we have been checking streets and monitoring them. We also did a pre-treatment yesterday," Sapp said.

Sapp said although the department pre-treated the roads, the rain may have washed it off.

He said all of the 20 to 25 person crews are out on the roads and the night crew will go out starting at 3 p.m. Sapp said public works is unsure at this point whether it will bring extra crews out later.

"I think the question is what will happen later this afternoon. We've talked with our weather forecaster and they're still indicating that around 5 or 6 o'clock this will all turn over to a snow event," Sapp said.

Sapp said public works would have continuous operations for at least the next 24 hours.

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