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Town Public Works responds to late fall snow system


Farragut residents watched snow fall for hours Sunday, and woke up to find more than an inch on the ground Monday morning.

With Knox County Schools called off, students stayed home (and some parents did too), but those who braved the roads found that Farragut’s Public Works department had put in long hours to ensure the roads were clear.

“We started Sunday afternoon at four o’clock and started throwing some salt treatment down. And then brought in a couple of extra guys around 11 o’clock and did some plowing and some more salt,” Town Public Works Director Bud McKelvey said.

While snow in December isn’t the norm for East Tennessee, McKelvey said it happens often enough that he wasn’t surprised.

And, Town residents shouldn’t worry about depleted salt stores.

“After today, we’ll probably have used half of our salt supply and we’ll restock that. We’ll start hauling salt back in; we’ve got contracts to buy more salt all through the winter.


“We’ll restock our salt supply, do maintenance on our equipment and then get ready for the next round, when it comes,” McKelvey said.

The Town clears snow and salts roads on a priority basis.

First priority roads are salted and cleared first, and those include the major thoroughfares through the Town, as well as many of the most heavily populated subdivisions.

Those roads include Campbell Station Road, Grigsby Chapel Road, West End Avenue and the school entrances, Municipal Center Drive, Parkside Drive, Campbell Lakes Drive, Lakesedge Drive, Snyder Road, Smith Road, Peterson Road, Chaho Road, Old Stage Road, Watt Road, Everett Road, Old Colony Parkway, Jamestown Boulevard, Russfield Drive, Kingsgate Road, Red Mill Lane, Turkey Creek Road, Virtue Road and McFee Road, among others.

The first priority streets remain the first priority until the snow stops. In other words, if it keeps snowing, the Town’s trucks will continue to clear those first priority streets and not move on to second priority streets.

Second priority streets include Lady Slipper Lane, Brochardt Boulevard, Altamira Drive, Wyndham Hall Lane, Brixworth Boulevard, Harrow Road, South Hobbs Road, Rockwell Farm Lane, Fort West Drive, Allen Kirby Road, Vista Brook Lane, Woodland Trace Drive and Boring Road, among others.

Concord Road and Kingston Pike are state streets, and are cleared by TDOT.

For a full snow schedule and a full list of first- and second-priority streets, visit the town of Farragut website, www.townoffarragut.org

The National Weather Service is predicting freezing temperatures and more snow and sleet off and on for the rest of the week.

Thursday night, the chance of precipitation is about 60 percent, with called-for rain and snow showers and a low of about 30. Friday and Saturday will see drier air and a slight warming trend with highs in the upper 30s and mid 40s.

 

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