Preparing for next winter storm while clearing roads now

Preparing for next winter storm while clearing roads now

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - County and city departments have worked hard to maintain the roads with winter weather. But with more precipitation in the forecast, how long will the clear roads last?

Another system of snow, sleet, and freezing rain may be on its way to Region 8 at the end of the week.

"We are pretty tired but that goes along with the job" Craighead County Road Superintendent Eugene Neff said. "We will get a break one of these days and get to rest a little bit."

Craighead County and Jonesboro road crews have been working long hours all week.

"It's been busy but our crew has done a good job," City of Jonesboro Operations Director LM Duncan said.

While main roads and highways were clear on Wednesday, that could all change on Friday.

"It's kind of a bad feeling knowing by the time we get them cleaned off it's going to start again, but that's just part of it," Duncan said. "We will be ready if something does come."

Jonesboro city crews cover 82 square miles inside Craighead County. The rest is left to the 50 plus employees at the county road department. Neff said they are ready.

"We want to make sure we have plenty of sand, and everybody's on call," Neff said. "They know which route they are taking which truck they are in."

Duncan said the city has a similar plan.

"We are getting all of our trucks reloaded and make sure we have plenty of sand," Duncan said. "We will be ready when the time comes."

Trucks will be filled with pounds of sand. Neff said graders and shovels will hit the roads as early as 4:30 a.m. on Friday.

Both departments said ice is harder to clear than snow. That is why each hopes to see less snow than ice with this winter storm.

"Take it Friday as it comes," Neff said. "If it's ice then we'll have to hit it and hope for the best."

Duncan said ice can take a couple of days to clear, and there is a large area that needs attention. Duncan and Neff ask for patience as their crews continue to clear the roads in Jonesboro and Craighead County.

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