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Street crews prepping for winter mix

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Kelvin Kinder says after 44 years with the Cedar Falls Streets Department, "No, nothing surprises me."


That's why after this last snow storm, dangerously cold temps and now the rain mix, he says he's not surprised when the weather changes.

In fact, he says he's on call for this potential wintry mix.

Though Thursday they weren't on the roads, instead they were getting the equipment ready.

"We're loading up our trucks up with salt and checking out all the fluids, the lights, making sure everything is working. So when we get in here we can just jump in and go," said Kinder.


If the temperature stays above freezing they plan to just use salt and not a brine mixture, though the potential of mostly rain makes the attack plan a little different.


"Well last time it snowed and they did go out and pretreat it and that kind of adheres to the pavement, and the snow don't stick to the pavement like we do the priorities on with the pretreat. And it helps out the plow. It doesn't stick as much and you get the roads clear faster," said Kinder.

There are ten people on call, day or night for systems like this. They will determine how many trucks will be on the roads when it hits tomorrow.

The Department of Transportation plows were out Thursday pretreating the roads, specifically the bridges.

Just in Black Hawk County the DOT could potentially have 27 to 30 trucks out Friday.

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