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Road crews work through the night

Road crews worked through the night clearing streets in areas like Fairfax. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Reed) Road crews worked through the night clearing streets in areas like Fairfax. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Reed)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A winter storm that began as light wintry mix of rain and snow Monday before turning to heavier snow overnight forced road crews across the Tri-State to work through the night.

Cincinnati road crews are operating on 12-hour shifts, with the most recent crew starting at 7 a.m., city officials said in a prepared statement.

They have 55-60 vehicles on the road working to clear more than 3,112 lane miles. Most primary routes - 93 percent - and 40 percent of residential routes were completed by the last shift.

“We are making solid progress, and we will keep at it until the roads are cleared," City Manager Harry Black said.

City officials are keeping a close eye on the weather Tuesday with more snow and dropping temperatures are expected to present challenges.

All of the city's primary and residential routes were pre-treated. Crews are focusing efforts of clearing priority routes first, then transitioning attention to residential routes. 

Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard said all 54 of the county's routes were treated overnight and in good shape for the Tuesday morning commute.

The county is responsible for clearing and treating 1,800 lane miles of county roads like Five Mile Road and state routes such as U.S. 50, also known as River Road.

"They are treated, they look pretty good," Hubbard said. "Whenever we have a winter event, you always have to be cautious. There can be isolated areas where you can hit slick spots especially on overpasses and elevated highways."

Crews in Clermont County also worked through the night, said Rob Alfieri, administrator of the Clermont County Engineer's Office, which is responsible for clearing 800 lane miles.

"We've been at it all night. (Roads) are in decent shape," he said. "They are getting covered up again because the snow has stalled out on top of us, especially in the northern part of the county like Goshen and Miami Township, that area. They are just getting ready for the morning rush now."

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