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FDOT learns lesson from winter weather

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Updated: 1/30 6:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Department of Transportation bridge crews had heavy equipment on standby all Wednesday night. Gina Busscher with FDOT says the agency had a solid plan of action to make sure Jacksonville bridges were safe for drivers.

"We raised and lowered the bridges every two hours after dark to make sure that the parts didn't freeze up and we also had our people out there every 30 minutes going and doing a visual to make sure there was no ice forming on the grading," said Busscher.

Local drivers say the weather didn't make them nervous and that they were OK on the roads.

"I didn't get nervous, there was nothing to be nervous about. The road conditions were fine. The weather was very cold obviously, but I had no problems with the weather," said Ellis Sellers.

Jacksonville's roads were clear, but FDOT sanded some roads in Madison County.

FDOT says it didn't go into full blown weather emergency mode since no ice accumulated on bridges, but they still expect to learn from the conditions.

"We're going to have a follow-up meeting, a debriefing to see what we did do right and what we could do better, so we actually learn from a winter storm event. We always have a debriefing to see what we can do to improve," said Busscher.

Whatever officials take away from their meeting, FDOT says it'll put into action the next time a winter weather blast heads this way.
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