Road crews on standby as more winter weather is forecasted for the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — All over the area crews are on standby for icy roads this weekend and road dangers caused by this week’s winter blast.

Two Collierville crews are on standby throughout the day, but there are extra reinforcements just in case things get serious.

“It is my hope that we will have another day like today where we expect the worse and come in and find out that it doesn’t get too bad,” said Collierville Public Works manager John Fox.

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He said Thursday afternoon, crews were removing fallen trees from the road but there wasn’t much ice on the streets.

“We had some slushes forming on bridges and overpasses but we really didn’t see significant ice accumulation,” said Fox.

Over in Memphis, road crews are working 12-hour shifts.

The city plans on running salt and sand trucks for the next 48 hours especially with another winter blast expected to hit in just days.

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“We focus on high-risk areas, so we only do bridges and overpasses, inclines and declines primarily and any major streets,” said Robert Knecht with the city of Memphis public works.

Some utility crews spent hours replacing a cracked utility pole off Highland and Carrington. The power was out in the area, and FOX13 received complaints of live wires and dangling power lines.

Over in Midtown, downed trees blocked several intersections making it difficult for people to drive.

Meanwhile, TDOT workers are monitoring the roads for black ice with 20 to 25 trucks in the area.

“We’ll have a skeleton crew in most counties tonight to be useful for call outs and be ready in case there are slick spots on the bridges and flyovers,” said TDOT spokesperson Nichole Lawrence.