Ashland crews working to clear roads

Ashland, Ore. — Several inches of snow can often increase the number of car accidents, which means auto body shops also see an increase in business.

“We’ve been busy already anyway but now we’re gonna be crazy busy,” said Dave Anderson of Anderson Auto Body & Paint.

He also says the snowy weather on Tuesday led to more phone calls for cars with minor damage.

“As time goes on and the weather keeps on going, we’re gonna see a lot more work coming in tomorrow and the day after.”

But while Anderson’s auto body shop is fixing cars from accidents, Ashland Public Works is trying to prevent those accidents from happening in the first place.

“We’ve got our crews working 24 hours a day, two 12-hour shifts, we have four sanders out. They’ll be sanding and plowing all night long and keeping up with the storm,” said Ashland Public Works director Mike Faught. He also says each crew follows a route with different road priorities.

The main streets are given first priority, followed by streets that connect with big roads and then residential areas.

“With this kind of snow, it may look like they haven’t been there because the snow’s covering up any sand out there, but they’re gonna be out there 24 hours or as long as we need to be out there.”

And while the snow plows are working to make the roads clear, Anderson says there are certain things each driver can do to stay safe.

“Don’t step on the brakes too hard and you know, main thing is just to keep distance between cars.”
Snow plows will be clearing streets around Ashland all night.

If the snow slows down tonight, Faught says the roads should be ready for everyone in the morning.

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