Crews hitting the streets before Friday’s winter storm

Posted on: 10:18 pm, December 12, 2013, by

DES PERES, MO (KTVI)–Preparing to treat the roads when the forecast is so uncertain makes for tricky business, especially when it comes to the question of getting a head start by using a salt water pre-treatment.

The City of St. Louis has three brine trucks available to do the job.

But as of Thursday night, the city streets department has elected to leave those trucks parked because they believe it would be a wasted effort for this particular storm.

“There is not much we can do on this one,” said spokesman Kent Flake. “It is supposed to rain starting at about noon (Friday) changing over to flurries at some point,” Flake said.

“Any time it rains, you can`t brine. You can`t pretreat. Anything you put on the street just washes down the drain,” he said.

MoDOT and IDOT are taking a different approach, out of an abundance of caution.

“We have had our crews out on the roads today putting down some of our pre-treatment to make sure that if we do start off with some ice we have something on the roadway that will help start that melting process and keep it from locking down into the roads,” said MoDOT spokesman Drew Gates.

But the city is taking a wait and see approach.

“We can switch into gear immediately,” Flake said. “Our trucks are capable of covering the city in about ten to twelve hours and they are ready to go at a moment`s notice.”

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