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Little Rock already preparing for winter weather
Little Rock already preparing for winter weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)— On Tuesday night, the Little Rock board of directors approved a plan that will bring two new salt storage facilities to the city.

The city says the compounds will quicken response times when bad weather hits, and will also keep salt more readily available for road crews. It's in an effort to prevent problems like they saw this past winter.

"We have been in some serious discussions [about what to do this winter] already," said Little Rock Public Works coordinator Mark Jacobi.

Jacobi says the city has plans to add four more plows to its snow-fighting fleet as well.

"[It] kind of helps us in our initial response time - it also helps the drivers have closer turnaround times to the materials to refill their trucks," Jacobi elaborated.

One of the sites will be built in Reservoir Park, with the other stationed on Thayer Street. Together they'll hold about 700 tons of salt, providing it cover the city's current satellite locations don't do.

"People see the storms come and see the trouble they have getting around town, it makes the need very apparent," he continued.

Each facility will cost about $100,000 and will cost another $12,000 to fill, but it will provide the city with the powder-plowing power it needs to prevent images of people abandoning their cars from resurfacing.

"We're going to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst," Jacobi finished. "We have to plan to go when we're needed and that's what we intend to do."

The city says it hopes to have the facilities built for use this winter, but adds that all depends on what Mother Nature allows.