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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:45 pm

Franklin County road crews worked through the weekend responding to the snowstorm that hammered the area, county Highway Administrator Eva Gadcke said.

Gadcke said highway crews worked Saturday, almost 12 hours Sunday and a 12-hour shift Monday.

The county does not have enough manpower to run 24-hour shifts, Gadcke said.

“The biggest problem we ran into is the snow is very heavy, so we did damage mailboxes,” she said.

Mailboxes can be removed from their locations when the snow is pushed off of the roads.

“Sometimes they’re knocked off the pedestal, sometimes the pedestal is knocked down,” she said, adding that she does not have an official number in terms of how many mailboxes may have been impacted.

The county works with property owners to correct the situations.

“Normally, we (the county) just go and reinstall it,” Gadcke said.

And she said the heavy snow caused trees, particularly evergreens, to fall in the roadways, causing some temporary closures.

This required a lot of hands-on, sawing work, she said.

Full crews in the highway department’s East and West districts were called to respond to the storm.

One truck slid off the road in the East District, but there was no damage to the truck and no one was hurt.

On Sunday, the highway department started clearing snow off the roads once there was 2 inches of accumulation, she said.

The department pretreated the roads with calcium chloride, and this allowed the plows to easily remove the snow from the roads.

The pretreatment of the roads was focused on curves, hills and bridges.

“We didn’t do full pretreat on every road,” she said.

The calcium chloride keeps the snow and ice from sticking to the pavement.

The treatment was effective for this snowstorm because the temperatures did not get extremely cold, Gadcke added.

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