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Boone County road crews using sun’s help to clear roads

Snow falls on part of downtown Columbia near the University of Missouri campus Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
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Snow falls on part of downtown Columbia near the University of Missouri campus Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.


Boone County Road and Bridge crews used the sun's help Tuesday to clear snow-covered roads.

"We have a full crew out there," Road Maintenance Superintendent Bryan Boyce said early Tuesday afternoon. "That includes eight motor graders that are clearing the gravel roads."

A 4:30 p.m. update on road conditions is available in the player below.

The full crew also includes 16 tandem dump trucks, two single-axle trucks and seven 1-ton trucks.

Boyce said Tuesday's sunshine helped activate the salt to melt the ice leftover from Monday's rain and snow, but a refreeze overnight Tuesday was a concern.

"It's always nice to have that sun to clear away the ice, but once it gets dark we'll have to watch for black ice," Boyce said.

While the concern of a refreeze is there, Boyce said the department is not planning to bring in a full nightshift crew.

"We want to get back to regular maintenance duties Wednesday morning if at all possible," Boyce said. "Our nightshift will be on call to respond to any slick spots if they need to."

Boyce said drivers should use caution on any shaded roads because the sun isn't offering as much help to melt everything away. Boyce said his crews hope to clear those areas before the sun goes down.

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Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.


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