County roads being cleared

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By Staff

It sure didn’t look like the first of spring.

Heavy snow began falling Tuesday night and everything covered by morning — except for the roads.

Treacherous driving conditions didn’t develop until many people were on their way to work or school.

“This morning was kind of a unique event,” Lee Mattingly, assistant supervisor of the Nelson County Road Department, said.

Mattingly said he and Road Department Engineer Brad Spalding were out driving the roads around 4:30 a.m., and they weren’t too bad then. “The driveways and roads were clear except in the Chaplin area,” he said. It was after the sun came up that problems began. About 7 p.m., the roads started getting hazardous.

 “The way it hit was just all at once,” he said. “It was a mess.”

Right before noon, Mattingly said he had all the county’s trucks with plows out working the roads, as well as a grader and a couple of contractors who were helping the county employees.

The workers were scraping the roads and putting down a salt and sand mix to melt the ice and provide traction for tires.

“The temperature is still below freezing right now, but once we get the salt on it, it is melting,” he said.

Mattingly said the winter storm advisory was supposed to end about 2 p.m.

“It should be in good shape this afternoon if the temperature warms up like it’s supposed to,” he said.

Tuesday was the first day of spring, but the snowfall was heavier that most that occurred in the winter.

 “We’re in real good shape on our salt and sand,” Mattingly said. “Before this event, we had 1,200 tons of salt, and 500 tons of sand, and about 200 tons (of salt and sand) that were pre-mixed.”

Although there were problems with accidents blocking state roads, Mattingly said he was unaware of any county roads that had been closed for that reason.