Icy Weather Could Mean Damages For Roads

Marshall County Courthouse

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — As some of the coldest weather the Tennessee Valley has seen in years moves in, Marshall County leaders are hoping it isn’t as damaging as what they’ve seen in the past.

Driving along Lake Guntersville Thursday you could see icicles frozen along the edge – a sight residents don’t see every day.

That chilling weather that caused mostly everything made of water to freeze is what can create problems that end up costing tax payers thousands of dollars.

Marshall County Commissioner R.E. Martin says it can damaging. “We have these cracks in the road and it freezes. Rain gets down in there and freezes and then we have potholes.”

Those potholes and damages end up coming with a hefty price tag. “If we have the whole road tore up it cost a hundred thousand dollars a mile to replace an entire road,” Martin says.

Martin says the last time the Commission dealt with something like this was two decades ago. “We haven’t had a bad winter in a long time but we’re about to have one now, the way it looks.”

Martin says the county is prepared for the weather if or when it comes.”We’ve got salt stored up, and we’ve got spreaders to put the salt out with,” Martin says.

He says because winters that result in severe road damages are a rarity the Commission doesn’t really budget for the damages that can happen. Martin says county entities are prepared if the roads get bad, so they can hopefully prevent any damages from happening to them.


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