The Operations Superintendent monitors multiple weather forecasting apps, uses the Iowa DOT Road Weather Information System to check air and pavement temperatures, and watches Iowa DOT live cameras to see current conditions when a winter weather event is predicted for Linn County. Then, around 1 a.m., the superintendent drives a two hour route through the whole County in two-wheel drive to get a sense of how difficult it is to get around. If the decision is made to call in crews for extended hours, the superintendent calls the seven managers who call the 30-41 other crew members for an early start time. Mechanics are also called in to be ready for any repair needs.
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