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Lake County Road Crews Prepare for Holiday Roads

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December 19, 2013 — By Hilary Powell

With only one weekend left before the Christmas holiday, more travelers are expected on region roadways, and the Lake County Highway Department is preparing for a slushy holiday weekend.

The first day of winter is Saturday, set to be wet, and drivers can expect slick roads.

Numbers from the American Automobile Association show more than 94-million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays.

Lake County Highway Department Supervisor Ronald Gregory says more than 30 snow plow drivers are gearing up to salt slick streets, “When the winter starts, you have to be very careful, and you have to give the truck drivers and the truckers time to work.  You have to give them time to get out there.”

The brunt of the storm for the region is expected to hit Saturday and Sunday, and Gregory says now is the time to make sure snow trucks are in top shape, “Right now, we are checking out all the trucks, making sure everything is good, checking the spreaders, plows, snow routes.”

The National Weather Service is predicting more rain than snow.  While drivers handle the rain, Gregory says the county is better equipped to handle snow, “We don’t treat anything for rain itself. We’re just hoping the temperature stays warm enough for it to dry, and the ice is worse than the snow!  Snow, you can give your material time to work. Ice, you have basically no control. So, ice is a little more serious than snow.”

Gregory says, with 30 years on the job, his advice remains the same:  watch the car in front of you and always go slow.

According to the American Automobile Association, nine out of ten travelers this holiday season will choose to drive between December 21 and January 1.



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