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Most Secondary Roads Remain Treacherous Across UC

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Most Secondary Roads Remain Treacherous Across UC

Majority of the state roads in the Upper Cumberland are clear with some slick spots, but some primary roads and most secondary roads remain treacherous.

According to Overton County Dispatch, the only road way clear in the county is Highway 111 going into Livingston.

Electric and road crews have been working all night to restore power and clear other roadways. According to county dispatch, Allons looks like a, “War Zone,” with many downed power lines and trees. This lead to the declared state of emergency by Overton officials.

Many residents are still without power, so two locations are opened for shelters. First Baptist Church on 708 East Main Street and I Am Worship Church in Rickman on 4438 Cookeville Highway.

State routes and primary roads in Putnam County are in good shape, but Road Supervisor Randy Jones said almost all secondary roads are still dangerous, especially in Monterey.

Jones said this winter storm is, “One of the worst,” he has worked due to the overall ice coverage in the county. Jones said there is wide spread snow cover, and some roads are blocked by downed trees.

Road crews have worked on clearing roads until about 11:00 p.m. Monday, but Jones said trees started falling making it unsafe to be out in the night.

Jones said since Monday, three Putnam County salt trucks have slid off roadways. Jones said he encourages all residents to stay at home.

Fentress County is facing similar issues. According to the Highway Department, secondary roads near Buck Mountain are down to one lane due to fallen trees. The county is also dealing with wide spread power outages. State roads are in drivable condition with crews working on secondary roads.

White County has encountered a different issue with salt levels running low. According to White County Highway Superintendent Clay Parker, the department is borrowing salt from Van Buren County to continue work on roadways near Ridgewood Drive.

Parker said he also has a salt shipment coming from Nashville, but a timeframe of delivery is unknown. As for roadways, state and primary roads are in fair condition.

Majority of Jackson County roads remain slick and the Highway Department is asking residents to stay home. Road crews have been working since early Monday morning clearing trees to help with restoring power. According to the department, outages are wide spread across the county.

Areas near Turkey Town in Clay County are impassable due to fallen trees. According to the county highway department, all roads remain slick with crews working to clear downed trees to restore power.

Van Buren County has not been as affected as other Upper Cumberland communities. According to the county highway department, state and primary roadways are in fair condition. Secondary roads remain slick, but not many trees have been reported blocking streets. Crews have worked on roads since Monday at 2:00 a.m.


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