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Crews prepare streets for freezing rain in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Throughout the day, crews have been filling their trucks with brine, heading out to treat city streets with the salt and liquid mix to prevent problems from ice.

"We prepare for the worst and hope for the best, so what we're really trying to do is get out ahead of it," said Mike Duffy, Cedar Rapids Streets Superintendent.

The weather we've had means pavement temperatures are cold, and Public Works crews say that means driving conditions could get hazardous.

"The pavement temperatures are down so if it does start to rain, we're concerned that the rain would hit the pavement and freeze so really by putting the salt brine down we prohibit that from happening," said Duffy.

In Cedar Rapids, crews putting down thousands of gallons of brine -- really making sure to treat hills so those don't get slippery.

"Just be cautious," said Duffy. "Conditions can change very quickly so if it's raining, just be prepared for that rain to maybe turn."

Crews will continue to work as needed. The drivers say the salt mixture can do some damage to your car, so be sure to stay back for your sake and theirs. After all, they're out trying to make the streets safer for all of us.

Several other crews across eastern Iowa also preparing for the possibility of freezing rain. The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's been putting down brine on all highways and interstates.

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