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Road commission to clear major roadways Wednesday; neighborhood roads at later time

Kent County Road Commission
Posted at 5:28 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 13:46:26-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Many West Michiganders will be waking up to snowy conditions, especially out on the roadways.

The Kent County Road Commission says its crews have been working through the night to try to get the roads clear for drivers.

As of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, snowfall continues and is expected to continue until early this afternoon.

The road commission says crews will begin clearing the highest volume roads like US-131, I-96 and M-21. Neighborhood roads will not be addressed this morning, the road commission says.

Jerry Byrne, director of maintenance with the Kent County Road Commission says on Tuesday they used a liquid salt solution on bridges in preparation because they're the first to freeze.

Throughout Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning the road commission focused on clearing the snowy streets.

"Freezing is always an issue," said Byrne. "The good news is what we're seeing in the forecast is the snow will come first. So that actually is a little bit of a cushion. So, instead of freezing rain hitting bare pavement it actually soaks into the snow. So it's a lot better situation than the other way around."

The road commission reminds drivers to be cautious on the roadways because these conditions can be dangerous, and cause cars to hydroplane.

Drivers should also look out for road commission trucks with the flashing green lights and give them plenty of space.