ArDot has keeping a close eye on the winter weather coming ahead
JONESBORO, AR- ArDot along with Jonesboro city officials are watching the weather closely as they prepare to sand and salt roads for more winter weather to come tonight.
ArDot has kept a close eye on the winter weather for about a week now. So, for drivers on the road District Engineer Brad Smithee encourages everyone to use extreme caution
“We really thought we had a good handle on everything, as good as we could, but then mother nature, she’s a finicky beast sometimes and the storms came last night a little earlier than we expected,” ArDot District Engineer, Brad Smithee said.
The past 48 hours have been non-stop prepping on the roadways.
Crews have worked around the clock to pre-treat highways for a safer commute for drivers if they have to get on the road.
District Engineer Brad Smithee says even as much as they do sometimes it’s never enough.
“The best we can do is fight it, get it pretreated as early as we can and keep that pre-treatment in place and then as the event continues, we try to use our materials to recover that road, and try to get those services back clean,” Smithee said.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver says the street department has also been working ahead of time to prep streets with sand and salt. Conditions are expected to worsen overnight.
Black ice is an extreme concern because many people are unsure of what it is.
“Most of the accidents occur because people are traveling too fast, and thus they become out of control. The other thing is to stay apart from the car in front and hopefully the vehicle behind will do the same.” Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver said.
For those that have to go out, you can check I-Drive Arkansas on ardot.gov to keep an eye on highways across Northeast Arkansas.
ArDot crews are working around the clock 24/7 to continue treating roads when temperatures begin to drop.
“We just encourage folks if you can't stay home, use the most extreme caution today, tonight, tomorrow because of these icy roads, it’s really hard to see the difference,” Smithee said.
It is encouraged that if you do not have any pressing conditions then call the police or fire department as the 911 number is for emergencies only.