SALT LAKE CITY — Wednesday’s snowstorm caused dangerous road conditions for Salt Lake County. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) crews were busy working to keep the roads clear and safe.
Wednesday was a busy and chaotic day, Alan Peterson, UDOT Incident Management lead, said.
“It is very chaotic when you go from one call to the next, sometimes you don’t even make it to the next call before you are out on something else,” he said.
When there is a lot of snow and ice on the roads, things can quickly become treacherous, Peterson said.
“I don’t think people realize how dangerous it is for themselves, along with everybody out here,” he said.
The Incident Management Team works hard to clear the roads when people find themselves in trouble whether it be a slide-off, crash or they run out of gas.
“Our job is to assist the public, assist law enforcement and all first responders out here on the freeways and other roadways,” Peterson said.
Peterson has worked for UDOT for more than 20 years, he’s never seen such a dry winter. This storm bought a lot of issues, he said, but he is happy he can help others.
“It is just one of those jobs when you go home at night, you’ve actually been able to, you can say that you’ve helped someone.”
Today, two members of our Cottonwood Canyons team were staged in Little Cottonwood Canyon to assist with avalanche control. As they prepared to exit the UDOT utility truck for the snowcat, both vehicles were hit by a natural slide. We are grateful both team members are safe. pic.twitter.com/AGqx31WVsm— John Gleason (@johnegleason) February 17, 2021