DOH crews advise drivers to 'take it slow'

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV)- Salt and plow trucks were out in full force Tuesday morning as winter weather swept much of North Central West Virginia.

Department of Highway workers and private contractors work around the clock when a winter storm is in the forecast. The preparation starts with treatment before the storm, management of road conditions during, and clean up efforts after snow leaves the area.

Donald Williams, DOH District 4 Manager and Engineer, says they do the "most good to the most people" when treating the roads.

"School bus routes, hospital routes, interstate routes, US routes like 50 are all high priority," Williams said.

Main roads are the first on the list, then crews get to the back roads and neighborhoods. It is all scheduled based off of a priority list that takes into account how many people travel through the area.

Even when roads are salted, they can still be slick. Williams says salt does not work effectively when temperatures drop too low.

Williams shared a few safety tips with drivers:
-Do not rush, always allow extra time.
-Only drive if necessary.
-Have proper winter tires. Check your treads.
-Allow extra space between your car and the one in front of you.

Safety is the most important thing when roads are slick.