Ottumwa Public Works continues to tend to slick road conditions
The Ottumwa Public Works Department continues to tend to the slick road conditions.
Two large trucks are out were out Monday afternoon doing clean-up, and smaller trucks were touching up the areas the big trucks can't get into. Crews sanded bridges and intersections over the weekend, but not enough snow fell for plows to be utilized.
Public Works Operations Superintendent Steve Edgington says he drove over the Jefferson Street viaduct en-route to work around 6:30 a.m., and it wasn't slick then, but he says it's only a matter of minutes before a sheet of ice can form.
â??Even if it's not snowing drive like it's snowing because you never know when this stuff is gonna refreeze and thaw and refreeze,â?? Edgington said. â??Wind comes up, it drifts snow and actually the conditions of the roads can change with in a matter of minutes depending on the temperature.â??
He says when the temperature gets down below zero, salt also doesn't work.