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Columbus Public Works begins to clean up 500 tons of sand on roads

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Columbus roads are about back to normal as temperatures rise above freezing and the sun melts the ice, but there's still about 500 tons of sand on the roads.

Public works crews are still laying down sand on roads that have ice. There are patches on some roads in shaded areas where it hasn't been warm enough to melt the ice. Officials believe Friday is the last day they'll have to lay down sand, and Pat Biegler, Columbus’ Director of Public Works, says they've already started cleaning it up as well.

“We're going to start sending the street sweepers out and taking care of what we put down, but it's going to take a while. It goes down a lot faster than it comes up so I anticipate it will take a week or two to get all of it up,” says Biegler.

Biegler says they'll spray the sand with water, break it up, and then vacuum it. She says it's important to clean it up to maintain the appearance of city roads. It won't cost the city any additional money. Biegler says they're using their existing 6 street sweepers and the crew won't have to put in any overtime hours, like they did this week.

City public works will also hold an after-action review meeting where they will figure out what worked and what they could do better so they're better prepared for future winter storms.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.
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