NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Angry drivers have been calling, emailing, and speaking out on social media about the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s response to icy road conditions that remained on Friday.
Some even accused the department of not treating sections of Interstate 65 in Williamson County as well as interstates in other counties.
“There are claims out there that we neglected to touch some of those roadways and I can promise you that is not true,” spokeswoman Heather Jensen said. “Our crews worked well into the night last night trying to clear those roads.”
Jensen told News 2 TDOT had five trucks working I-65 between I-440 and Brentwood overnight salting and plowing the roads.
Across the Middle Tennessee region, made up of 26 counties, there were 244 salt trucks and 248 snow plows responsible for clearing more than 11,000 miles of interstates and state routes.
During winter weather Jensen said interstates are a priority, followed by heavily traveled state routes and the less traveled rural state routes.
“In the type of weather system that we were facing we had a lot of challenges with temperatures and the amount of traffic packing down that snow and ice,” Jensen said.
TDOT is not responsible for city and county maintained roads.
Jensen said the weather made this winter snap especially hard because it started as sleet and quickly froze after a day full of rain.
“We did the best we could to plow and treat the roads, but we did not promise to have the interstates cleared by today,” she said. “The public has an unrealistic expectation of how much clearing we can do and how long that will take.”
She continued, “We absolutely treated I-65 and other interstates, but a lot of factors impact how effective the treatments can be.”
TDOT is formulating a plan for pot holes because the treatment of the interstate will lead to pot holes after the roads thaw.