Barry County Schools Close, Crews Salt Icy Roads

Posted at 3:58 PM, Nov 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-26 19:26:49-05

barry county roadsMIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — More than half of the schools in Barry County remained closed again on Tuesday for the second day in a row. Officials with the Hastings and Thornapple-Kellogg School Districts said both districts canceled class because of heavy ice conditions on streets.

Thornapple-Kellogg Superintendent Tom Enslen said he is most concerned about teenagers driving to school on slick roads because their lack of experience driving.

“It’s not the parents we worry so much, it’s more about our high school kids who drive themselves to school. I am an experienced driver. You know I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” said Enslen.

Brad Lamberg with the Barry County Road Commission said there were as many as 22 trucks on the road at one time salting the roadways, and it’s the more rural roads that pose the biggest challenge.

“Back side roads definitely take more time to work simply because you have to put a lot more materials down or wait until you get enough vehicles over it to break up the sand-salt, break up the ice, work it in and get the melting process all started,” said Lamberg.

Lamberg also said that traffic was flowing normally on most roads by noon on Tuesday.