Salt is already on some Boone County roads to build up a barrier for when the freezing rain begins to fall. Trucks at public works were busy all morning and are even busier right now. Public works manager Chip Estabrooks says although the department will use about 19 trucks to salt roads this weekend, motorists should still try to stay home and let crews do their job. He says with as much ice as forecasters predict, crews will need to work around the clock, operating 12-hour shifts.
"Well the priorities right now are the hard surface roads that carry the highest level of traffic," Estabrooks said. "We want to make sure those are open and we'll address those first and then we just will spread out throughout the county and get the secondary roads as we take care of the primaries."
Just a reminder, Boone County Public Works covers county roads only. MODOT and each city manages their own ice removal operations.