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Snow slows travel, closes schools

Published 10:28am Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Recent snowfall made travel slow in the Tri-State region Wednesday morning.

State, county and city employees worked through the night to clear roads.

Mike Pemberton, Ironton Streets superintendent, said workers were out until 3 a.m. today. They will continue to focus throughout the day on the city’s hill areas, main thoroughfares and heavy intersections, Pemberton said.

Workers from the Ironton garage of the Ohio Department of Transportation will continue to clear roads as well, Lindsey Pemberton, transportation manager said.

“We’ve got ten crews out working on the roads,” he said, adding that the roads are slick in spots.

Lawrence County Engineer David Lynd agreed.

“It is kind of spotty,” Lynd said. “In some places there are three or four inches of snow. Some places one or two inches. We have all together 11 routes; all of our trucks are out. We started early this morning.”

Lynd said with about 30 miles per truck, the work takes all day.

“We are not running out of salt, we are part of a cooperative purchasing contract with ODOT,” Lynd said. “We are able to buy salt. We bought a couple of hundred tons. We will have to buy some more.”

While roads are slick in places, at press time a dispatcher from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said there has not been an increase in accidents due to weather.

The area, including Lawrence County, continues to be under a winter weather advisory until noon today. The forecast calls for snow and blowing snow with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches total, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Schools across the county have been closed due to the weather.

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