Ice, Snow on Side of Highways Creates Problems for Morning Commutes

Highway Department advises motorists to use caution although Central Arkansas interstates mostly clear.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) says the interstate system in Central Arkansas is about 95 percent clear, but problems arise with sunshine in the day and freezing temperatures at night.

The problems stem from snow that is built up on the sides of the streets, and the water that runs back onto the pavement and then ices over.

Officials say it happens quite often around this time of year, and with most of the roadways clear, AHTD is now taking aim at this problem.

"That's a constant concern that we have, the primary goal is to get the precipitation out of the roadway," says AHTD's Danny Straessle. "We accomplish that, now it sits on the shoulder of the road, now we can go back and address that."

AHTD says not only are they focusing on clearing these snow mounds, but also any left over sand and salt from its efforts to clear the roads.
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