"Were not sure what the night holds," says Todd Robertson Evansville's Executive Director of Transportation and Services. Winter weather makes it's way in, just days away from one of the busiest times of the year. "The forecast was calling for a wintry-mix. We decided that we would do some pretreatment today," says Robertson. Thousands will hit the road for the holidays, the city of Evansville's Transportation Department says, it's best to be one step ahead. The city and county send their pretreatment trucks out on the roadways. We just decided to be safe than sorry," says Robertson.
Today trucks treated major roadways and bridges. This year the City Garage has a new weapon to help combat the ice. It's called a 'pre-wetting agent' that causes salt to stick to the roadways better. "Salt would normally hit the ground, and possibly, when it gets on a hard surface, it could slide off hard packed snow," adds Robertson.
For those planning to travel by air, the Evansville Airport says they are ready for whatever mother nature brings. "Once the bad weather hits, they are on the runway right away with brooms, plows, or whatever they need to get it clear," says Dianna Page with the Evansville Regional Airport.
Thanks to lucking out last year, the airport is even more prepared for what this week may bring. "We got spoiled last year. We really didn't have much weather to speak of, so we have plenty of deicer saved up even from last year," says Page.
The airport says safety remains a top priority, especially during the busy holidays. "We have people that are going out on the runway all the time to check for breaking action, to make sure that there's no icy spots. We have all kinds of equipment to keep it clear."
If you are traveling by plane or automobile, Evansville transportation officials say they have you covered. "We are making those preparations, preparing the runway, kind of pretreating it to make sure we can start the fight as soon as it starts coming down," says Page. "I think we are about as prepared as we could be," says Robertson.