MOUNT VERNON — Street and highway crews were out early this morning to deal with keeping the streets and highways as passable as possible.
Mount Vernon crews were out at about 4 a.m. in an effort to stay ahead of the accumulating snow.
“It’s messy, but we are expecting the snow to stop about noon,” said Mount Vernon City Streets Superintendent David Carpenter. “One shift came in at 4 this morning and the other started at 7:30. We should have the main streets in good shape by about 8 o’clock (tonight). ”
Carpenter said the city has an adequate supply of salt mix.
State Highway Department District Deputy Director Joe Rutherford told the News the Knox County crews were also out early this morning.
“We had our crews out about 3:30 this morning,” he said. “It’s very difficult to get ice off the road once it bonds with the pavement. We have been receiving salt deliveries for several weeks now, so we are in good shape.”
County crews have also been on the job since early this morning according to Chris Horton, office superintendent of the county highway garage.
“We’re holding our own right now,” he said. “Our biggest worry was the ice underneath the snow and we got that treated pretty good. We should have it under control by 9 tonight.”