Boone and Columbia Public Works prepare for the potential of slick spots on the roads

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BOONE COUNTY - With the possibility of slick spots overnight and into the morning, people might be worried about driving. But, Boone County Road & Bridge and Columbia Public Works are prepared and ready to treat roads, bridges and subdivisions.

“We actually had our training day on Monday," Greg Edington, director of Boone County Road & Bridge, said. "We were able to get all of our equipment in and get it up to operating conditions."

Both Boone County Road & Bridge and Columbia Public Works prepared in advance. They said they have their trucks and salt stored, ready at a moment's notice.

"In the summer and the fall, we want to make sure all materials are restocked," Edington said. "We are due up for 2,500 tons of salt in the next week, so that will get us replenished."

"We are always prepared as we move out of fall and we know we are moving towards winter," Richard Stone, operations manager of Columbia Public Works, said. "We are ready for the outcome."

If any snow trucks appear out on the roads Thursday, Stone has some advice for drivers.

"We really encourage people to stay back from the trucks and try not to pass them on the right side," Stone said. "We just really encourage everyone to get into that pre-winter weather driving mode."

Edington said they will pay close attention to bridges and elevated surfaces. He said pavement on the roads is warmer. But, Stone said there is one issue standing in the way.

"Since it is going to rain overnight, it really eliminates the opportunity to pre-treat the roads," Stone said. "It is really going to depend how ground temperatures hold up."

Edington said they get ready to treat the roads with one goal in mind.

"It’s our goal to make the roads as safe as we can. I think that’s the goal of any public service agency," he said. "Our main objective is to get the public safely back home."