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ALDOT makes preparations for possible snow

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State transportation workers aren't taking any chances on Thursday's forecast. They have a plan in place, just in case.

"It makes me a little nervous."

The possibility of more winter weather. Not what driver's want to hear after last week's gridlock.

Heather Spivey, says "I was stuck in snow for about 6 1/2 hours. I left my job in Riverchase and headed home towards Montevallo."

The idea, definitely keeping the Alabama Department of Transportation alert.

ALDOT Spokesperson, Brian Davis, says "We take people's lives very seriously and their safety seriously."

Transportation workers didn't waste any time. Sand spreaders were put in five dump trucks and loaded with thousands of pounds of salt.

There's also a salt brine tanker trailer that can carry 5-thousand gallons of salt brine.

Davis says, "It puts it down in a liquid form. we're going to be ready to do that in the morning if we decide to." He also says salt orders just came in, replenishing what was recently used.

ALDOT will make a decision around 8 Thursday morning on whether to start preparing roads depending on the forecast.

Heather Spivey says, "It makes me happy they're preparing for it this time, they'll be ready."

And people are already thinking ahead too. Sam Moore says, "Make a round to the grocery store tonight and stay home tomorrow."

Davis says if salt is needed, they'll begin spreading it around 9:00 a.m. after rush hour.

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