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Winter Roadway Advisory

1/12/2011

snow trucksJanuary 12, 2011
11:00 AM

Metro Crews Working to Clear Local Streets

Some trash, recycling misses reported on Tuesday, but trucks are running as scheduled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Clear priority roadways throughout Davidson County mean scaled back Public Works crews are able to focus on local residential streets that may be still covered in snow and ice.

Officials emphasize that not all side streets and subdivisions can be addressed, but crews will work to clear problem areas reported to the department’s Customer Service Center. Normally, local streets are addressed on a first-called, first-cleared basis. Metro is also attempting to target public streets that serve as the only way in or out for large subdivisions and neighborhoods.

Citizens are encouraged to report hazardous roadway conditions to Metro by calling (615) 862-8750 or online at www.nashville.gov/public-works. Residents with transportation needs are reminded to contact Metro Transit Authority and other public transportation agencies about services available in Nashville.

Regular Metro trash and recycling services are running as scheduled, however a few isolated routes were not able to be serviced on Tuesday because of road and alley conditions. Public Works’ Waste Management Division will collect all Tuesday misses either today or by week’s end, if not sooner.

To date, Metro Nashville has experienced three significant winter weather events, (including two snows in December) and still has an adequate supply of salt.

Snow showers today are expected to taper off, but below-freezing temperatures will keep the risk of overnight icing a probability so drivers should continue to use extreme caution. Metro road crews will continue working to clear residential streets as needed, with other drivers placed on standby for overnight duty and emergency calls.

Priority A and B routes are regularly monitored, especially prior to morning rush hour periods. These routes are major roadways and secondary arterials that serve as emergency evacuation routes, access to the Central Business District and government centers downtown, hospitals, and shopping centers to provide access to food and emergency supplies. Priority routes account for about 1,800 lanes miles of Metro’s total roadway system of 5,700 lane miles.

Complete information on Metro’s Snow Preparation and Removal Plan, including the list of A and B routes, is also available online.


January 10, 2011
6:00 p.m.

SALT TRUCKS ON STANDBY FOR THE NIGHT WHILE CREWS PLOW LOCAL SIDE STREETS

Most Metro priority routes clear but wet; re-freezing, more snow expected tonight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A fresh 12-hour shift of Public Works crews will soon be turning their attention to side streets and local roadways that have been reported as especially hazardous.

Metro routes already cleared today remain wet, and with temperatures continuing to drop below freezing, officials expect re-freezing will occur overnight and advise residents to stay off roadways. Public Works along with police, fire and other emergency personnel will monitor road conditions throughout the night and Metro drivers are ready to re-salt, if needed. Citizens should report hazardous road conditions to Public Works by calling 862-8750 or online at www.nashville.gov/pw.

Crews will try to take advantage of dry conditions before the next snowfall arrives later tonight by plowing as many residential side streets as possible before moving back to priority routes to prep for tomorrow's morning rush hour. Priority A and B routes are major collector roadways and arterials that serve as emergency evacuation routes, access to the Central Business District and government centers downtown, hospitals, and shopping centers to provide access to food and emergency supplies. These roadways account for about 1,800 lanes miles of Metro’s total roadway system of 5,700 lane miles.

Both Metro and TDOT crews need as few vehicles as possible on roadways in order to conduct salt spreading and snow plowing safely and quickly. If driving is necessary, motorists should exercise extreme caution, go slow, stop gradually, and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles, especially Metro and TDOT trucks.

Complete information on Metro’s Snow Preparation and Removal Plan, including the list of A and B routes, is also available online.


Monday, January 10, 2011
11:30 a.m.

METRO PLANS CONTINUOUS ROADWAY CLEARING TODAY

Monday trash collections, monthly Metro Traffic & Parking Commission meeting cancelled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Public Works road crews have been at work since midnight, and will continue roadway clearing operations on 12-hour shifts throughout today and tonight.

Snowfall has ceased, but accumulations range from 1.5 inches in the northern part of Davidson County to 2.5 to 3 inches in the south, and many roads remain covered and treacherous for driving. Residents are advised to stay off the roads, to allow both Metro and TDOT crews to conduct salt spreading and snow plowing safely and quickly.

Due to significant snowfall and extreme weather conditions, the Bordeaux Mulch Facility and East Convenience Center are closed, and Monday trash collections for a small number of Metro customers will be delayed. Also, today's meeting of the Traffic & Parking Commission has been cancelled and will be held next month.

All 35 trucks in Metro’s winter weather fleet, including 32 equipped with snow plows, are fully deployed and working to clear Priority A roadways. Once A routes are cleared for safe travel, crews will begin addressing Priority B roadways.

Priority A and B routes are major roadways and secondary arterials that serve as emergency evacuation routes, access to the Central Business District and government centers downtown, hospitals, and shopping centers to provide access to food and emergency supplies. These roadways account for about 1,800 lanes miles of Metro’s total roadway system of 5,700 lane miles.

Public Works will continuously monitor roadway and weather conditions throughout today and tonight, when another winter storm system is expected.

Motorists are urged to delay travel plans, if possible, but if driving is necessary, go slow, stop gradually, and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles, especially Metro and TDOT trucks.

Local residential streets are addressed once Priority A and B routes are clear and safe for travel. Residents can request salt on their street by calling (615) 862-8750 or online at www.nashville.gov/public-works.

Complete information on Metro’s Snow Preparation and Removal Plan, including the list of A and B routes, is also available online.


Sunday, January 9, 2011
6:00 p.m.

Based on predictions of potentially significant winter precipitation expected to begin overnight, Metro Public Works salt truck crews will be called in at 10 p.m. tonight so drivers will be with their vehicles and ready to roll as quickly as possible.

All 35 trucks in Metro’s winter weather fleet are already loaded with salt, 32 are equipped with snow plows, and ready to be dispatched once the forecasted snow event reaches Nashville. When deployed, the drivers will conduct salt spreading operations on nearly 940 lane miles of Priority A routes countywide.

Public Works maintenance officials will continuously monitor roadway and weather conditions as the winter weather system moves through the area tomorrow, to determine the appropriate next phase of operations. Updates will be posted to this website as needed.

If precipitation begins as predicted – prior to morning rush hour traffic times tomorrow – drivers are advised to delay travel plans, if possible, to allow roadway prep and clearing operations to be conducted without interruption. If travel is necessary, drivers are reminded to go slow, stop gradually, and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles, especially Metro and TDOT salt trucks and snow plows.

For more information, residents can contact Public Works Customer Service at (615) 862-8750, or through email using our Online Customer Service request form.

Complete information on Metro’s Snow Preparation and Removal Plan, including the list of A and B routes, is also available online.