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Winter Weather Clean Up

CINCINNATI (Josh Knight) -- Snow and ice came down in a hurry Tuesday night and it posed a big challenge for road crews.

Cincinnati road crews faced a challenge because of the amount of snow that fell in the downtown area and they are still dealing with the problem.  Many streets downtown are too narrow for the plows to be able to treat.

Wednesday morning crews had to clear the streets a different way.  The use front-end loaders because they can't just pile it up on the side of the street.  The snow is loaded into dump trucks and hauled out of the city. 

Normally what they do with less snowfall is pre-treat the roads and then use chemicals to try and break down the snow.  But when the accumulation is as much as what came down Tuesday night, that method does not work.

Jarrod Bolden, Superintendent of Traffic and Road Operations, said, "At some point when the accumulation builds up they'll be a point when just salt treatment is not doing enough and not responding.  Accumulation builds up and if it's enough snowfall we'll actually have to get in there and get that snow loaded and out of there."

The streets do look a lot better once the front-loaders have gone through, it just takes some time to get the work done.




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