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Road commission ready for winter weather

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Winter weather is on its way to Mid-Michigan. Not to worry, officials at a local road commission say they'll be ready whenever it hits.

John Daly of the Genesee County Road Commission says it's clear the weather is changing, and that has prompted the road commission to transition into winter weather mode.

"The weather is getting very humid - seeing a lot of moisture in the air, temperatures are starting to drop," Daly said.

Daly says this time of year they are in close talks with their storm predictors. So they are ready when winter weather moves in.

"It takes us about 36 hours to get through the 1600 miles and 123 bridges and the 400 miles of state trunk line, provided there's no additional snow."

With the unseasonably mild temperatures we've been experiencing - once the winter weather hits the roads, Daly says the main concern will be black ice. So the 85,000 tons of salt they have on hand will be the main ingredient in helping keep roads safe.

"We monitor the weather and make a decision when and where we're going to send our crews," Daly commented.

But before he sends his nearly 140 workers out in any of their 153 trucks, Daly has a warning for drivers.

"This will be the first time in a while that they've had to work with snow plows. Don't follow too close behind the plows."

He says his crews are responsible for clearing an amount of roadway equivalent to driving from New York to San Diego. It's not an easy task but Daly says they're up for the challenge.

"The people that work here have a very big job to do to keep the roads safe here for the public."

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