Crews cleaning up after recent winter weather

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Salt truck drivers were busy in Winston-Salem Friday, but they weren't spreading salt on the roads.

Post-snow storm cleanup was another busy day for the Streets division.

Winston-Salem Department of Transportation Assistant Director Ryan Newcomb said completely washing down the trucks is one of the most important parts behind-the scenes.

"When water gets into the salt, moisture gets into it and it'll freeze over just like anything else would when moisture gets inside of it. That really bottles up the mechanisms we use [in the trucks] to spread the salt. So if anything were to get clogged up or hard or frozen, it would really tear up that mechanism that's turning salt out of the back of it," he explained.

When the snow started, Newcomb said they had 20 salt trucks spreading about 1,100 tons of salt. They shoveled out any extra salt Friday to use next time it snows.

Standard operating procedures mandate two employees stay on "ice call," added Newcomb, in case there are any roads that still need salting this weekend.

"If there's an emergency such as a water main break where salt may be needed, we have crews that can respond to that 24/7. But mostly it will be watching the forecast and figuring out what our plan's going to be next week if something comes our way," he added.

Both the cities of Greensboro and Winston-Salem were still adding up the total cost of snow response this week.

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