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Arctic blast will chill road cleanups

Arctic blast will chill road cleanups

February 6th, 2014 in News

Al Rush, left, and Jeff Wolters shovel snow on the steps of St. Joseph Cathedral School Wednesday morning after Tuesday's snowstorm brought several inches of snow, closing schools Tuesday and Wednesday.

Photo by Kile Brewer

Wednesday's sunshine helped local road crews get many streets and highways free of snow, but today's arctic temperatures will have crews returning to deal with refrozen streets.

"That's usually more of a problem on our residential streets," said Jefferson City Operations Division Director Britt Smith. "By Wednesday afternoon, we had classified our major and primary streets as being clear. The secondary streets had some places that were harder to get melted because they are less traveled. More traffic actually helps the melting process."

The bitter cold limits what road crews can use on roads and in a way that is helping them stretch their supplies.

"These two storms made a dent in our stock, and even though I'm a little worried, I think in the end we can deal with the rest of the winter," Smith said. "On cold days like today, we use cinders instead of salt since salt loses its effectiveness below 25 degrees."

"Our salt supply is lower than at this time last year. But Tuesday's storm was mainly dry snow, which is fairly easy to push off, so that meant we didn't use as much salt and that helps," said MoDOT spokesman Sally Oxenhandler. "We use more sand and beet juice to go along with the salt, and that can give traction when days are bitterly cold."

Oxenhandler said they've been dividing out salt to all the MoDOT regions in the state so that everyone should have an equal supply. They should get in a new shipment next week.

In Cole County, Public Works Director Larry Benz said road-clearing supplies should be sufficient for another two or three storms.

"As we get down, we start getting

conservative," he said. "We use more cinders and sand, and wait to see when our next delivery of salt will be."

Trash service schedule altered due to weather

There will be some changes this week in trash service in Jefferson City due to the winter weather.

Allied Waste suspended trash collections Wednesday and will focus on trash collections inside the city the remainder of this week.

Tuesday's residential trash collection routes will begin running today.

Allied will continue running residential trash routes as they complete them through Saturday.

Customers are asked to leave their trash carts at the curb this week until their trash is collected. Recycling will not be picked up this week.

Weather permitting, all routes will return to normal schedules next week.

In Jefferson City, call Allied Waste Services at 635-8805 to sign up for notices of service and route changes on your home or cell phone. You may also find updates posted on

JC cancels classes today

Due to hazardous road conditions, especially in many of the district's rural areas, along with extremely cold temperatures predicted for this morning, Jefferson City Public Schools will not be in session today.

Parent-teacher conferences were scheduled at many schools for tonight. Those have been postponed; the makeup dates are:

• Elementary schools: Feb. 10 and 13

• Middle schools: Feb. 11 and 13

• Simonsen Ninth Grade Center, Jefferson City High School and Nichols Career Center: Feb. 13

After today's snow day, the district will have used five of the six days set aside for inclement weather makeup. The last day of school - as of today - will be May 28.

The school district will not use Feb. 14, staff compensation day, or Feb. 17, President's Day, for makeup dates.

Other announcements

Full list of closings and weather-related announcements for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014