JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Our region is expecting a historic storm to roll through during some of the busiest Thanksgiving travel days. Jackson County Roads said it's been preparing for a storm like this for months.
"The time to get ready for the winter is not during the winter," said Director John Vial. "The time to get ready for the storm is during the summertime. That's when we get our sandpiles filled. That's when we get working on the trucks, making sure everything is operating correctly and rebuilding the sanders and the plows."
Monday, employees were putting the finishing touches on its supplies.
"We're simply mounting the plows up and mounting the sanders up, making last minute preparations. We have our employees on the right shifts. We have the rock and the sand in place. We're all good to go," Vial said.
Jackson County Roads has 17 plows at its disposal. Employees will be spending Tuesday and Wednesday keeping its roads as clear as possible. Vial added winter driving is almost like a partnership between them and the driving public. He said Jackson County Roads is ready to go but drivers still need to do their part driving slow and planning ahead.
"They need to be planning to get stuck on the freeway. They need to be planning to be stuck in a traffic jam where there is snow and ice. They need to be planning to put their chains on. Plan ahead. If the worst case scenario happens, you'll be ready. If not, it will be an easy trip."