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Ice complicates driving on highly-traveled bridge

Traffic crawls on the one-lane, shoulderless White River bridge on I-40. Although the weather improved Wednesday, drivers still saw patches of ice as they approached the roadway.

PRAIRIE COUNTY, AR -- Traffic crawls on the one-lane, shoulderless White River bridge on I-40.  Although the weather improved Wednesday, drivers still saw patches of ice as they approached the roadway.

Pamela Ward takes the bridge to her second job in Stuttgart.  Last night, her boss told her to stay put.

"I was happy because I was scared. I've never driven on ice, and I was leaving an hour early to go work until I got a phone call saying I didn't have to go to work," Ward said. 

It's already a nightmare driving in this part of the state.  Highway crews are rehabing the road and forcing traffic to one lane in many places.  The icy roads add frustration.

"Last night, one couple was stuck in the traffic for eleven hours," Ward said.

To avoid the chaos, many drivers are taking Highway 70. They say it's much safer, too.  Safety is what matters to Alan Brewer, who's driving minnows to Miami.

"People seem to run up on one another too fast, and they just aren't careful. They have an accident and then it backs up forever," Brewer said.

For those who aren't familiar with this part of the state, they get the updates from those who travel it quite frequently.

"I'm on my way to Muffresboro, Arkansas, and we've got to get back that way before we start getting the black ice again," Kathaleen Cole said.

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