Winter Weather Keeps Public Works Busy - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Winter Weather Keeps Public Works Busy

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By: Claire Powell
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Des Moines Public Works trucks spread salt all day Friday and will be paying close attention to the weather conditions throughout the night.

Friday morning, a thin layer of ice covered cars, sidewalks and streets. Des Moines Public Works sent their trucks out to lay salt on the main roads, bridges and ramps.

"Right now we're kind of at a critical point. A few degrees cooler, things ice up. A few degrees warmer and it turns to water," said Pat Kozitza, Director of Des Moines Public Works.

Kozitza said treated roads should just be wet, but untreated roads could be slick and ice-covered.

"Be cautious on all the streets at this time because at any time the temperature can drop or rise. We can even see variations across the metro area. Here in Des Moines, we have some streets icing up, others not," said Kozitza.

Bridges are usually the first places to refreeze because they cool more rapidly than most roads.

The public works' trucks were heavily monitoring the roads, driving up and down them constantly throughout the day.

"We want to make sure we're on top of this in the event it freezes down," said Kozitza. "It's 24/7 for us until we return to normal winter driving conditions."

Driving conditions are expected to be OK through rush hour until more weather hits overnight.

"We want people to take their time tonight. Get home safely after a days work and we'll make sure by tomorrow morning we have things squared away for them," said Kozitza.

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