Public works crews remain ready to clear snowy streets

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:17pm
Staff reports

Metro Public Works Department snow removal efforts could remain in full mode Tuesday, with crews having worked 12-hour shifts through Monday.

Gwen Hopkins-Glascock, public works spokeswoman, said salt trucks on Monday cleared a network of Priority A and B routes, which include major roadways and secondary arterials that serve as emergency evacuation routes; the Central Business District and government centers downtown; hospitals; and shopping centers that provide access to food and emergency supplies.

These streets account for about 1,800 lane miles of Metro’s total roadway system of 5,700 lane miles.

The department’s winter weather fleet consists of 35 trucks, 32 of which are equipped with snowplows.

Though snowfall had ceased by early Monday afternoon, accumulations ranged from 1.5 inches in northern Davidson County to 2.5 to 3 inches in the south, and many roads remain covered and treacherous for driving, Hopkins-Glascock said. If more snow hits Tuesday, citizens are advised to stay off the roads to allow both Metro and Tennessee Department of Transportation crews to conduct safe and effective salt spreading and snow plowing.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, the Bordeaux Mulch Facility and the East Convenience Center were closed Monday. Similarly, Monday trash collections for some Metro customers were delayed.

Street conditions in Davidson County’s various satellite cities varied Monday, according to officials.

Belle Meade and Berry Hill streets were in good shape overall, with snow removal crews having worked late last night.

“I think they’re doing fairly well,” said Joe Baker, Berry Hill city manager. He added the city’s crews likely would assist Metro with ramps accessing Franklin Road and Woodmont Boulevard.

In Lakewood, State Highway 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) is clear, according to City Manager Bobby Franklin.

“It’s pretty much like everywhere else,” Franklin said. “The main streets are good and the side streets are slick.”

Franklin said the City of Lakewood is salting various side streets.

In a related matter, public works' Traffic and Parking Commission meeting slated for 3 p.m. Monday was canceled.

Hopkins-Glascock said local residential streets will be addressed once Priority A and B routes are clear and safe for travel. Citizens can request having their streets salted by calling 862-8750 or online at

Complete information on Metro’s Snow Preparation and Removal Plan, including the list of A and B routes, is also available online at

2 Comments on this post:

By: yucchhii on 1/11/11 at 8:13

I'm from up north in Massachusettes. I don't understand, what you get for snow here is a dusting to me. Just as well as anyone from a northern state like Chicago or Detroit. It's too bad y'all don't have someone from up north in charge...These streets would be cleared as the snow comes down. Many streets I see afterwards haven't even been touched. I've been in Nashville tow years and I'd seen maybe two snowplows. One of them was traveling down a snow covered street and the lpow wasn't even touching the ground. Hmmmm, So, what's up with that?

By: TITAN1 on 1/11/11 at 12:17

Most years we don't get hardly any snow. How often would those snow plows be used? Just make the best of it and enjoy it if you can. If you know someone who needs help during the snow, lend a hand.