Road Cleanup in Henderson County
The storm has moved out, but D.O.T. crews across the mountains continue clearing roadways. The sunshine has helped improve road conditions in Henderson County throughout the day, but D.O.T. crews are working long hours until all routes are clear.
As the winter storm blew through the area yesterday, it dumped just enough snow on Henderson County to impact everyone hitting the roads today. Doug Whitney, from Transylvania County says Mountain Road in particular was pretty good, expect for a couple spots still covered with snow in the shaded areas.
For some, the weather prompted a bad morning commute. Duke Energy says a pickup truck slid off the road and hit a power pole on Asheville Highway around 8:30 this morning. The pole had to be replaced and it knocked out power for around 3,000 customers until about 4 p.m. today.
Henderson County Maintenance Engineer, Jason Willis, says his crews are transitioning today on secondary routes and into the night, before going to housing developments. Even in Hendersonville city limits, crews spent the overnight hours battling the icy conditions. Brandon Ellison with the City of Henderson Street Department says,"last night they had a crew come in at 7 to relieve us and they worked 'til 7 this morning."
Though manpower and mother nature are helping improve travel conditions today, Willis says patience is key, even for tomorrow's commute. He says, "as these temperatures continue to drop, the chance for refreezing is going to be there tonight on into the morning."
By: Lauren Brigman
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