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Snow makes rush hour drive a bit tricky

By Adam Klein, 69 News Photojournalist
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:51:13 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 25 2013 05:25:46 PM CST

Road crews have been out in full force, preparing the roads for the snow.

EXETER TWP., Pa. -

Road crews have been out in full force, preparing the roads for the snow.

"From the moment it starts snowing, it's going to be a little slippery," said Brian Potts, road foreman for Bern Twp., Berks Co.

The township's five trucks will be laying anywhere between 100 to 200 tons of salt, depending on the severity of the snowfall, Potts said.

With last year's mild winter, Potts said the township has plenty of salt to use. Before crews could hit the roads, however, much work had to be done.

"Getting the trucks ready for the plows, making sure all the hoses and all the fittings are greased and ready to go," said Potts.

In Exeter Township, road crews spent hours loading all 14 trucks with salt. Township highway superintendent Clarence Hamm said they also sprayed the township's 120 mile radius of roads with ice defroster.

"It's pretty much a waiting game until it starts to snow. We'll probably be using about 200 tons until it's all said and done," said Hamm.

The roads, Hamm said, will be slick until the salt settles, so driving during rush hour is risky.

"Take it easy. Have some patience," said Hamm.