Nasty weather is major challenge for Road Commission as well

February 8, 2019

By John Raffel

The winter storm and frigid cold weather last week, combined with more icy conditions this week, presented a major challenge to the Osceola County Road commission and manager Luke D. Houlton.

As predicted by weather forecasters last week, the snow started arriving early Monday morning and continued for most of the day and beyond that, followed by sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, forcing a multitude of closings.
“For the most part, we have been able to make a pass on all of our roads, however we are still chasing drifting areas,” Houlton told the Marion Press shortly before noon on Wednesday of last week. “Because of the wind it’s a little difficult to verify, but we believe we had around 12-to-15 inches of snow over the last couple days. Our crew worked late on Monday, but had difficulty just keeping up with the storm.

“Between the snow fall and drifting, we were really only able to get our main roads open as they would only stay open for an hour or two before we needed to make another pass. The crew worked late on Monday but we sent them home just before dark. We started early (5 a.m.) Tuesday morning and again worked till just before dark (5:30 p.m.).  (Wednesday and Thursday), we will be working on cleaning off shoulders and sanding hills, curves, and intersections.”

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