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State, Local Departments Work to Keep Drivers Safe Behind the Wheel

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Right now, even without snow or ice on the ground, the winter weather is affecting all of us who drive. Right now, Metro Public Works crews are fixing pot holes on Davidson County roads while TDOT trucks keep an eye out for slick spots on area interstates armed with 69,000 tons of salt and 735,000 gallons of brine. TDOT trucks are hitting the roads Monday night to treat interstates in 26 Middle Tennessee counties.

The state is monitoring high speed lanes. Metro Public Works is keeping an eye out for cracks on Davidson County streets.

Department Spokesperson Jenna Smith says Public Works repairs close to 800 pot holes a year. Besi Strader works in Metro Center and says she's seen several crews working to fix pot holes in the area.

Of course Public Works can't get to the potholes immediately, so what can you do if you hit one and damage your car? The State Treasury Department offers services on their website, which is welcome news for drivers like Strader. TDOT and Metro Public Works say the best ways to avoid problems caused by icy conditions or pot holes are to pay attention, stay off the phone and of course slow down.

A big concern with this winter weather: the morning commute. You'll want to check out FOX17 This Morning for the latest on the roads with STEER CLEAR TRAFFIC. That starts tomorrow at 5am.

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