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Posted on: January 13, 2023

City Snow & Ice Preps with Raymond Hillis on “The Insider”

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When winter weather strikes Murfreesboro, the experienced team of Public Works and Street crews get down to work to prep and clear streets of ice and snow. The latest edition of “The Insider” podcast delves into the City’s pro-active approach to pretreat roadways and remove ice and snow. 

 

Public Works Executive Director Raymond Hillis, in his 29th year with the City, is this edition’s guest on The Insider.

 

Learn how the City prepares and manages severe winter weather snow and ice on “The Insider” at https://cityofmurfreesborotn.podbean.com/. If you prefer to watch the podcast, visit  https://youtu.be/OVDuBkOi-cQ or watch Murfreesboro City TV for the discussion. 

 

  • When major roadways are added to the growing City, the new street routes must be updated to the system 
  • Public Works employees are scheduled in pre-set teams, divided in 12-hour shifts, and always on standby during winter months 
  • Keeping an eye on the weather, especially temperatures, is a crucial factor. Salt brine, depending on weather, is applied ahead of the storm. 10,000 gallons of brine are on hand with a system that produces approximately one-thousand gallons every 15 minutes
  • Three brine trucks are equipped with one-thousand-gallon tanks to help the City get ahead of the storm system. A ton of salt can produce a one-thousand gallons of brine  
  • The City treats and maintains major corridors (Hwy 96, Hwy 41, Hwy 231 within City limits) and major thoroughfares such as Medical Center Pkwy, Veterans, Rutherford Blvd., Northfield  
  • Innovative technology enables crews to turn up a dial on the truck to apply more pounds of salt per lane mile. On-board heat-seeking radar with dials can read the road temperature so the truck driver can make real-time decisions on salt application 
  • When storms arrive right at rush hour, crews battle not only ice and snow, but traffic. Motorists can help by not being on the roadway or being aware of trucks at work.

The City has a large salt barn on the north side of the City. The City stores 1,200 Tons of salt at the City’s Public Works Facility located at 4765 Florence. The City stores another two hundred of salt tons at the Public Works Facility on West Main Street. 

 

The City is currently working on a south salt barn location to help crews cover the City quicker and more efficiently. 

 

Motorists are urged to “Take It Slow” in ice and snow. If you are involved in a minor vehicle crash without injuries, the Murfreesboro Police Department asks you to move your vehicle out of the roadway, if possible, to avoid secondary crashes. The non-emergency number for the MPD is 615-893-1311. 

 

Michael Nevills produces “The Insider” every month in the studios located in Murfreesboro City Hall. The podcasts are available for listening via Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music Audible and Google Podcasts. Video versions are also available on YouTube and Facebook. 

 

For information on the Murfreesboro Streets Department, contact Public Works Executive Director Raymond Hillis at 615-893-4380 or rhillis@murfreesborotn.gov. More information on Winter Ice and Snow preps is available in this Dec. 21, 2022, news release 

https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1924 

 

For City News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov.

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