County garage out of salt, state running low
By: Amanda Hill Bond
The Pickett County Highway Department and the Tennessee Department of Transportation have had the salt trucks and plows on the roads during yet another snow storm that hit earlier this week.
According to Pickett County Road Superintendant Jimmy Cope, 225 tons of salt have been used for the county so far during the winter season. The county is responsible for covering 347 road miles. Currently, the county is out of salt and have been working with the blade trucks to clear roads until another load of salt is delivered.
"During my time as road superintendent we normally use 50-75 tons of salt per year. We had 120 tons to begin this winter and have had to purchase 100 tons. With all the bad weather and use of salt and the blades on the roads, potholes are going to be our next big problem," said Cope.
According to Cope, the roads cannot be repaired until the threat of snow or ice is gone and can only be patched with cold mix. That will be only used for the major pothole problems of the county until hot mix is available in the spring.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation had around 70 tons of salt left on Monday but has more ordered according to TDOT Highway Maintenance County Supervisor John Reagan.
The salt is sitting on barges in Nashville. Five hundred tons have been ordered by TDOT to be shared between Overton, Pickett and Fentress and is scheduled to be delivered by end of the week.