City street crews ready for winter storm

Posted on: 9:51 pm, December 4, 2013, by

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The man in charge of St. Louis City streets was hopeful the winter storm would have a low impact on roads. But, businesses are concerned the cold could freeze the sales of holiday items. City street crews were loading up trucks with brine to pre-treat Wednesday evening. Seventy thousand gallons of brine were prepared to be sprayed on streets.  Streets director Todd Waelterman said, “I see a very low impact in the city of St. Louis.”

At this point he thinks rush hour Thursday night won’t be a big problem for drivers because of the pre-treatment and the next morning should also go well too.  Waelterman added, “It appears right now the snow’s going to be over by midnight so that will give us several hours before the morning rush on Friday to get things polished up.”

At the farmers market tree lot in Kirkwood shoppers were rushing to buy a tree before winter weather hit.  Dino Wesche bought a tree, “If I can avoid being cold and sliding around or anything that’s what I’m going to do.”

The tree lot owner, Dan Mitchell, wasn’t too worried about the big change in the weather.  Mitchell said, “Not too much because a lot of people have tried to beat the rush, and they’ve already been here so we’ve already pumped out a lot of trees.” He says the cold could cut down the sales of wreathes and garland because people won’t want to decorate their homes outside when the weather turns frigid.