With the latest winter storm bearing down on parts of the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming, Nebraska Department of Transportation road crews have been gearing up for their efforts to keep roadways clear for the motoring public.
District engineer Doug Hoevet tells KNEB News the decisions on whether to use de-icing materials such as sand and salt or liquid brine is dependent on several conditions as the plows hit the roads.
“Depending on the weather conditions, both the ambient temperature, if it’s going to warming up in the day, we use something that might be a little bit different than if it’s going to cool down in the evening,” says Hoevet. “so, those temperature fluctuations we monitor, we monitor the forecasts, there’s a little bit more science to it than just going out and putting down salt.”
Hoevet also asks motorists to exercise caution when they come upon snow plows or other road equipment as the big vehicles can’t maneuver very quickly, and if the plows are negotiating slick conditions, that means you are, too.