LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Road crews across central Arkansas have been preparing for winter weather since early yesterday, Jan. 15.
The Arkansas Transportation Department prepared interstates and overpasses for winter weather with salt brine at 6 a.m. Monday.
“What we do is spray this highly concentrated salt water on the highway and then when the snow falls tonight it'll activate the salt residue that's there,” Danny Straessle, spokesperson for the Arkansas Transportation Department, said.
They stopped pre-treating around 6 p.m. and moved to patrolling with sand trucks.
“The plows will not drop until there is more than half an inch of precipitation on the ground,” he said.
Crews will be out spraying sand and possibly plowing until the roadways are clear but the Highway Department isn't the only crew hitting the roads tonight.
Tim Moody with J-Hook towing says they worked 13 small car accidents and three semi-truck wrecks last Friday when the roads were barely slick, so they're expecting it to be way worse tonight and into tomorrow.
“We're going to have 10 wreckers out tonight, large and small. We will be working interstate 40, 440, and 67. If we see anyone off in the ditch we will try to help them and try to take a load off of our local police agencies,” he said.
You can track the road crews updates on social media and on www.idrivearkansas.com. The department reports if roads are clear, slushy or covered in snow.
The blue on the map means snow, green means clear. Crews are out constantly to fix problems and report back. You can also use their new live traffic cameras to view the roads without leaving your house.