Arkansas transportation departments prepare roads for potential ice

Arkansas transportation departments prepare roads for potential ice
(Source: VDOT)

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) - Travel in the Ark-La-Tex may become difficult over the weekend due to the weather.

Forecasters say the area could get some snow and ice. Area road departments say they are ready to make travel as safe as possible.

Being proactive is what leaders with the Arkansas Department of Transportation are saying as work crews prepare for possible wintry weather. Today, crews in the district began early treating bridges and roadways with a salt/water mixture solution to help prevent icing.

“This pre-treatment hopefully will reduce the threat of our roadways and help our public travel safely,” said William Cheatham, Arkansas Department of Transportation District 3 engineer.

He says this is not the first time the department has taken this approach to fight off the result of wintry weather on Arkansas roads.

“It works great we have been doing this same operation over the last few years over the last few years we increased our efforts state wide,” said Cheatham.

Right now Cheatham said the pre-treatment efforts are only in southwest Arkansas since weather forecasts indicate the precipitation will come into Arkansas from the south some time Sunday night through Monday morning.

“Our crews will be on standby throughout the weekend and if it looks like the threat levels will increase, our crews will be ready to treat it Saturday and Sunday if needed,” said Cheatham.

Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation have also pre-treated bridges in anticipation of wintry weather.

Crews prepare for potential winter weather

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