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Clarksville battles storm’s second wave
Street Department reports major progress clearing roads
Posted Date: 1/16/2018

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – City of Clarksville street, transportation and public safety departments remained fully staffed Tuesday to provide services and protection to residents even as City Government offices closed amid a second wave of snow and hazardous travel conditions across the region.

“I want to compliment the hard work of our Street and Public Safety departments battling the impact of the storm,” Mayor Kim McMillan said at midday Tuesday. “It’s been a cold, long haul since this all started early Friday.”

Scott Bibb, Operations Manager at Clarksville Street Department, said City of Clarksville crews started fighting snowy road conditions early Tuesday and by noon had made major progress on main City streets.

“We got more snow than expected, around 6 inches across most of the City, but this was a dry snow, so it’s cleaning up pretty good,” Bibb said. “We had a couple of trucks break down, so we added two rented road graders, which helped, especially against ice buildup. Our 25-plus trucks with plows are working well today against this kind of snow.”

Bibb said Tennessee Department of Transportation regional crews spent the early hours clearing Interstate 24, but by mid-morning were starting to work on state roads in the city -- such as Fort Campbell Boulevard, Madison Street, Trenton Road, Warfield Road, Dover Road and Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.

Jim Knoll, Clarksville Police public information officer, said at 11:30 a.m. that CPD had responded to seven vehicle crashes and six motorists assists inside the City since 6 a.m. No major injuries were reported.

Roads are getting better, Knoll said, but it’s still slow going with slush and snow still on some City roadways. Needmore Road remained treacherous on the hills near Clarksville Speedway, and Trenton Road continues to be problematic, but it is better than early Tuesday morning.

“The roads, for the most part, are passable,” Knoll said, “but our best advice remains ‘Don’t get out unless you have to, and if you do travel, slow down and adjust to the road conditions.’ ”

Clarksville Transit System officials said Tuesday most buses are running on snow routes -- main roads only, and avoiding areas with troublesome hills -- while some routes were returning to normal and others remained out of service.

CTS urged riders to check www.rideCTS.com or the CTS Facebook page for route updates.

Clarksville Gas and Water administration and engineering offices, including the north and south customer service centers, were closed Tuesday. In the event of a gas, water or sewer emergency, customers should call, (931) 645-7400, or the emergency after-hours line, (931) 645-0116. The Utility Billing Line, (931) 645-7400, automated pay by phone; and WebConnect, www.clarksvillegw.com, online bill payment feature, will be operational.

CDE Lightband offices also were closed Tuesday. In the event of a service outage, customers should call (931) 648-8151. Customers can go online at https://cdelightband.com/customer-service/ for service and bill paying information.

All City of Clarksville offices are expected to reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 17 for regularly scheduled hours, barring another round of extreme weather.