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Snow is accumulating on everything from cars to the houses and of course the roads.  Moline Public Works crews are out in full force to keep the roads clear and safe.
Brandon Pannell with Moline Public Works recognizes these conditions as a driving safety hazard and says he knows people rely on his crews to get the job done.

"We're the first line of defense. We've got to keep the roads clear for everyone to travel," Moline Public Works Operations Manager Brandon Pannell said.

We all know traveling in these conditions can be a slippery situation.  Public works crews prepare for it by pre-treating the roads a day in advance along with making sure they are have enough salt.

"It helps repel the snow for a couple hours so it gives us time to get the trucks out.  It gives us a little jumpstart on melting snow off the roads," Pannell said.  "It just depends on how long its snowing, but we'll go through a couple truckloads per truck for a big storm like this."

Each truck is capable of carrying anywhere between six to eight tons of salt. Crews have a technique for keeping roadways clear despite the continuous snowfall.

"Each guy has a route and they go over it once or twice throughout a couple hour period and they just keep going through it until the roads are clear," Pannell said.

Pannell says his crews are on the job as far as maintaining roadways, but wants one thing from  drivers when they see plow trucks out.

"Slow down and be careful when you're stopping behind them because they do stop slow..so give yourself time to stop."

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