Knox County Mayor treats Roads with ice

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The Knox County's Engineering and Public Works Department has seven new salt brine tanks to be used together with regular granulated salt on major roadways and trouble spots this winter.

Friday morning Knox County Mayor, Tim Burchett traveled with city crews to help spray the salt brine in the worse hit areas overnight.

Burchett volunteered last winter and the truck flipped. He says that's not stopping him from trying to keep people safe.

"It took me three of four minutes just to walk to the other side of the street afterwards It was just that slick. I was glad he wasn't hurt. Like I said I just do it by choice, these fellas, it's their job," said the Mayor.

Knox County Highway crews will begin applying brine to county roadways after rush hour - around 6 p.m. - and will continue to treat primary and secondary roads until midnight.

The Knox County Highway department maintains all roadways in Knox County, except private, state and federal roads or highways and any inside the City of Knoxville.

Anyone needing to report problematic or hazardous road conditions on a Knox County road should call 865-215-5800.

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