Metro Nashville will stop salting roads when temperatures make it ineffective


Metro Nashville will stop salting roads when temperatures make it ineffective

Metro Nashville Public Works crews are currently out have been treating and plowing primary and secondary routes in Davidson County much of the day.

But as the sun sets and temperatures drop into the single digits in Nashville, conditions on roads will continue to deteriorate, and salt treatments will cease to melt the frozen precipitation, according to the agency.Plows are unable to clear roads when salt is ineffective and precipitation has frozen solid.

Because of the forecasted plummeting temperatures, at some point this evening, crews will discontinue treating primary and secondary routes and will service only emergency calls for the Metro Police Department, Metro Fire Department, and ambulances. An exact timeline for when this transition will occur is still unknown, and our crews are committed to treating and plowing primary and secondary routes as long as it is safe and effective to do so.

If conditions become favorable at any point, MPW will restore crews to their routes. However, temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold until Thursday.

The department urged everyone to stay off the roads if at all possible, and only travel if necessary.

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