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By: By MICHELLE WILLARD, Post Staff Writer – March 7, 2008 – 3:15 pm
The trucks are loaded with salt and crews are standing by at Murfreesboro’s Street Department, Director Rick Templeton said.
Templeton expects sleet to begin around 8 o’clock Friday night and the snow to start around midnight.
“We’re watching the weather on a monitoring system,” Templeton said. “It’s as current as possible.”
TSSAA is keeping an eye on the weather, too. But doesn’t plan to cancel the Girl’s State basketball tourament at MTSU because of the weather.
“We’ve held tournaments with worse weather than what’s expected tonight and not canceled,” said Matthew Gillespie, assistant to the executive director of TSSAA.
Gillespie said the tournament went on in 1993 when Murfreesboro was covered in snow and ice with only two roads open to get into town.
He added most of the teams playing this weekend are housed in local hotels with only a few driving in.
The Street Department has two crews scheduled tonight to salt bridges, overpasses and roads when the white stuff hits for Murfreesboro’s out of town guests to get home, if needed.
“We’ve got two crews scheduled to be on call for the next 20 hours if necessary,” Templeton said. Crews of 12 will drive six trucks equipped with snowplows and salt spreaders to keep the roads clear.
The crews will start will bridges and overpasses, because they freeze first, Templeton explained. Then they will move to the six main roads in town.
The city has a contract with the state to keep state routes clear, but the city will also salt Middle Tennessee, Rutherford and Northfield boulevards as well as Medical Center Parkway, if needed.
“Each route has to follow a sequence,” Templeton said. “Normally they’ll start with a state route and then work in the other major roads.”
Michelle Willard can be contacted at 869-0816 or email@example.com.
What about Memorial?
Memorial Boulevard is also US Hwy 231, aka, a state route and a main road. The Street Department should clear it.
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