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Crews stocked, gearing up for winter weather season

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The sight of stocked salt domes and clean plow blades are a dead giveaway that winter weather isn’t far away in the Tri-State.

"You just never know what each season's going to bring,” said Nancy Wood with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Mother Nature isn’t bringing any snow tomorrow, or the day after that.  But, that hasn’t stopped some places for being ready for it to come for months now.

"Around the 4th of July when people are enjoying fireworks, we start preparing for the winter season,” said Jarrod Bolden, Traffic and Road Operations Superintendent for the city of Cincinnati.

The city of Cincinnati has four salt piles to feed 82 trucks with 27,000 tons of salt this year.

"We'll get out there and pretreat when we can and try and prepare in advance.  Once the weather hits, you can count on us and we'll be there to respond,” Bolden said.

State crews in Northern Kentucky are geared up, as well, and ready for the same.

"October we start all of our prep work,” Wood said on Monday.

That prep work will help workers cover 11 counties with 130 trucks.  Of those trucks, 69 of them will clean more than 1,800 miles through Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

"We start out each year with 30,000 tons of salt.  Our barns are full.  Our plow blades are sharpened, and our drivers are ready,” Wood told FOX19 NOW.

No one knows exactly what old man winter is planning this year.  But, you can bet crews are planning to be ready for it all.

"We try to prepare for the worst and be prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings us,” said Bolden.

When the winter weather finally hits, if you live in the city of Cincinnati, you can report road conditions to 591-6000, or through the “Fix it Cincy” app on your cell phone.

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