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Crews Work to Treat Dayton Side Streets
DAYTON -- After the latest dose of winter white, Dayton's side streets are being dyed blue. The color is being mixed into they city's beet juice and salt brine mixture to help crews working through the storm track what streets have been covered.
"It's a visual indicator," said Dayton Street Maintenance Manager Jim Brinegar. "For the residents to see that we've been through there, and also an indicator for our crews and our managers to see that they've been through."
"I just want it to be over," said Dustin Knowlton. He makes a living plowing side streets, but even he says the blue is just a reminder that there's more snow, and more work to be done."
"At this point I'm tired of it all but I guess it's good so the neighborhood knows the cities are using salt everywhere," he said.
"I just saw a ton of snow and I flipped out," said Dustin's daughter Kylah Studebaker. She's an elementary student in Centerville, and after a lot of days away from the classroom, she hopes all the work crews are doing for this storm will make a difference for neighborhood road conditions Monday morning.
"We're already out of calamity days," she said, "so we're probably going to end up having extra days at school at the end of the year."
The City of Dayton claims the blue dye is biodegradable. It also degrades in the sunlight, something Dustin and Kylah are hoping comes sooner than later.
"I don't want any more winter, I'm tired of it," Kylah said.
"I'm just ready for summer honestly," Dustin added.
Dayton says the blue dye will not stain the roads, cars or clothes.
ODOT is asking drivers to keep a safe distance from the 120 plows and salt trucks that are working Sunday into Monday, as they will keep crews out as long as the snow continues to fall.
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