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Road conditions still bad in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two days after the winter storm ends in Region 8 roads are still coated with ice and snow. While there are road crews working to clear roads it doesn't seem like they've made much progress. Walter McMillan is the District Engineer for Disctrict Ten with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

The counties included in that district include Randolph County, Lawrence County, Clay County, Greene County, Craighead County, Mississippi County, and Poinsett County. On Sunday, he told Region 8 News they are working to get the roads cleared off.

"We've been working 24 hours since this started and of course with the temperatures as cold as it has been, when it gets down below the 20's, the chemicals don't work very well. It will just take a while for us to get over everything," said McMillan.

He says they've been scraping the roads and using chemicals on tough spots. And when those chemicals don't work when it's cold it will take longer to get the roads clear.

"The goal for Sunday night is to have it down maybe where they'll just be some spots of ice and we'll put chemicals on those," said McMillan.

There are some roads that are getting better. McMillan said they have been focusing on the main roads throughout the district and have not hit any of the side roads yet.

"When we talk about the main roads we're talking about the U.S. Highways like Highway 412, Highway 49, Highway 67, Highway 63, Highway 62, I-55, and Highway 18," McMillan.

A lot of folks are fed up with frozen roads and are ready to see a real change in the condition of the roads.

"They just have a little more patience today with the sun shining as long as it has been that we should be able to make good progress," said McMillan.

McMillan said he hopes to have some of the crews on the road by three or four o'clock in the morning. He said after crews continue their work on Sunday and Monday there should be a big difference in the level of difficulty for travel.

"They'll be improved in the morning and then up in the day on Monday. They should be a lot better than what they are right now," said McMillan.

Even if the roads do appear to be clear, especially in the morning and at night, it doesn't mean that there aren't still trouble spots you should watch out for.

"They just need to be careful and look for icy spots because that's what we're going to be down to here before long. Don't think every spot is clear because you can still run up on some ice," said McMillan.

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