Road treatment doesn’t stop once the ice has melted

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Just because the snow and ice has melted away doesn't mean the work stops for the City of Madison Public Works crew. They were out throughout the day, cleaning up sand and gravel spread over area bridges.

Mike Gentle, the emergency operations manager, says those treatments are essential for overpasses. "You cannot put ice melt on the bridges and overpasses because that will eat through steel and concrete," he told us.

Sand and gravel doesn't melt the ice, but it does give you traction. The problem now facing the city becomes collecting what's left behind. "We can't just go wash it off the roads or anything," Gentle says. They have to keep a record of how much they put out and take it to the landfill.

All the ice can leave up to three-inch potholes behind, too. Gentle explains that the ice gets underneath the asphalt, freezes, and causes potholes to pop up. His crews spent much of the day patching holes in the Madison area.

As for his crew's work this weekend, both Mayor Troy Trulock and Mike Gentle are pleased with the city's response. "I was very impressed with Mike and the entire team. And that's all of our first responders, public works, police, fire," says Mayor Trulock. "We've been planning for a couple days, but I tell, you when it hit, they're right on it and they went from Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, 24 hours straight through, didn't skip a beat."

Gentle says this year was the best he's ever seen because people stayed home and stayed off the roads. He says that allows his men to do what they need to do - to keep roads clear and people safe.

It must have worked too. The city of Madison didn't have any major crash reports over the weekend.