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Roads improving, snow causes few trouble spots

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pete Foster
Although snow continued to lightly fall through Friday evening, conditions on city and county roads began to improve.

"It is still a little slick out there, but the drifting on Thursday and into (Friday) was not as bad as we thought it might be," Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster told The Brazil Times.

Foster said the Clay County Highway Department continued to plow the roads until about 10 p.m., Thursday, and to allow the workers to get some rest. Plowing of county roads began again at 5 a.m., Friday.

Mike Head, a supervisor with the Brazil City Street Department, agreed the road conditions are not as bad as what they could have been.

"There aren't really any trouble spots in the city when it comes to ice on the roads," he said. "We have a little bit of trouble with drifting in a couple areas, but we keep going back to them."

Head told The Brazil Times the areas most affected by drifting are near the dead end of Mary Patton Drive, Indiana Street, and North Normandy Drive, all of which are located on the north side of Brazil.

While the Street Department is attempting to plow the city's side roads as well, Head admitted the narrowness of some of the streets make it difficult.

"There are some of the side streets we can't get to with how narrow they are and cars parked on them," Head said. "But the other problem with that is there are some areas where there is no other place -- like a garage, driveway or alley -- for residents to park around their home."

The city, like the Highway Department, is utilizing a sand/salt mix to not only melt away some of the snow on the road, but to add traction for motorists making their way around.

Foster added motorists need to continue to take caution when driving while cleanup efforts are ongoing, especially with snow flurries still falling, which Head also agreed with.

"We are getting the entire stretches of the main roads, and also focusing on intersections as well," Head said. "We have plowed most of the streets and they look pretty good, but the snow isn't stopping yet."

To report areas with drifting issues in the city, contact the Brazil City Street Department at 448-8501, or the Clay County Highway Department at 812-835-2091 for county road issues.

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Are there not laws against parking on street all night between October and April? There have been in the other northern states I've lived in within city limits...That or even alternate side of the street parking regs. would make it easier to clear the streets in town.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 3:10 PM

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