Last updated: December 20. 2013 9:29AM - 316 Views
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XENIA — The calendar says five days until Christmas, but the temperatures are predicted to hit spring-like highs the next couple of days. This means the Greene County road crews will be able to catch their collective breath and prepare for December to return next week.

“I’m glad the heavy rain predicted for this weekend isn’t freezing,” W. T. Caldwell, Highway Superintendent for Greene County, said. “We’d have quite a mess if that were the case.”

The warming temperatures have given the crews the chance to clean the trucks, giving them a good hosing down to get rid of the salt residue. The salt may be needed again on Monday as the extended forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also be chilly, but without the precipitation.

But Caldwell said the county is ready.

“We’re good,” he said of Greene County’s salt supply. “We don’t have a shortage. We’re good until the first of the year without any worries. It’s business as usual.”

Caldwell said some of the townships get salt from the county.

“For the county itself, we’ve used about 2,500 tons of salt from Thanksgiving to now,” he said. “That’s a little more than in most years, but the county engineer plans for that.”

He added that the county also uses a slurry before storms.

“We do the beet juice mixture. So far this year, we’ve gone through about 22,000 gallons.”

The beet juice works at lower temperatures than a salt solution alone and makes clearing roads easier.

Contact William Duffield at bduffield@civitasmedia.com or 372-4444 ext. 133.

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