Road crews prepare for threat of winter weather

Road crews prepare for threat of winter weather
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With the threat of winter weather, crews spent all day Friday preparing the roads for the impending weather.

According to Alan Walter, district construction engineer, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department pre-treated roads just in case the weather plays more of a role than they think.

Walter said temperatures will determine how much the roads will be impacted Saturday night, as well as how much rain falls.

"If you get a lot of rain and a deep temperature drop, you won't see much affect (sic) from the pre-treat," Walter said. "But if you get a little rain and a slight temperature drop, it will still work as planned."

Walter added that pre-treating roads will mean less work for his department and can lead to, in most cases, better road conditions.

"If you can get it in place before the freezing starts it's much easier to plow off, and it doesn't adhere to the road," Walter said. "It just makes for a better situation all around."

Walter added that if winter weather does begin to impact road conditions, they will also sand and salt the roads.

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