Created: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:23:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:28:55 EST
Anthony Collins and the public works department staff are unloading pea gravel in preparation for icy condition on city roads. The street division of Public works is responsible for all street maintenance. Five sand spreaders will lay gravel on more than 40 bridges in Macon.
They will start with the main bridges that cross the Interstate. Each truck that goes out will carry about 7 yards of pea gravel. It's a mixture of salt and gravel. Once they've dropped that off onto the roadways, they'll come back to this loading dock to restock.
Two crews will work twelve hour shifts. The recent government consolidation and merging of two public works departments will increase the amount of workers on the road. 20 workers per shift which doubles when you consider the Bibb County Public works department.
The main driving concern will be black ice. It's tough to spot and makes it difficult for tires to gain any traction. Once temperatures are below 32 degrees, any water that is on the ground will freeze, causing the black ice.
Public works says their pete gravel will melt the ice on the bridges fairly quickly, and that they have enough to handle the poor weather to come.