Salt Lake City

City Road Crews Working to Salt Icy Streets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659

City Road Crews Working to Salt Icy Streets
    
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Public Services Department urge residents to limit driving today, as weather conditions have created extremely hazardous road conditions. Weather has also forced the temporary closing of the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Rain from a warm upper air system is freezing as it reaches cooler valley temperatures, resulting in ice-covered roadways and sidewalks. All 45 available City plows with sander units were deployed early Thursday morning to apply salt, with priority attention being given to main roads, arterials and steep residential streets. Salters are working in all quadrants of the City and crews are also working to apply salt to sidewalks in the most trafficked pedestrian areas.

Current weather forecasts indicate a chance for warming temperatures and snow later in the day. City crews may be placed on a 24-hour work cycle pending changing conditions.

City officials urge residents who must travel to plan for extra travel time and drive slowly.