ALDOT monitoring roads as people prepare for wintry weather

ALDOT monitoring roads as people prepare for wintry weather

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ALDOT crews are mobilized and will take necessary steps ahead of potential icing conditions. ALDOT crews are mobilized and will take necessary steps ahead of potential icing conditions.
Workers begin loading trucks with ice-melting materials in advance of expecting wintry weather. Workers begin loading trucks with ice-melting materials in advance of expecting wintry weather.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Alabama Department of Transportation is monitoring road conditions across North Alabama, especially along interstates where traffic is expected to encounter heavy holiday traffic.

ALDOT officials expect icy conditions to develop on bridges and overpasses and some roadways, especially in areas of higher elevation.

Crews will not place any materials on the road until the temperature drops below freezing. Anything put down before then would be washed away by the rain.

Crews are mobilized and prepared to take the steps necessary to help keep roadways passable ahead of any potential icing conditions. Trucks have been loaded with a sand and liquid solution that keeps water on the road from freezing.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution, allow extra travel time, adjust their speed to existing weather and roadway conditions, and to allow extra distance in between other vehicles in addition to making sure your vehicles are in good operating order.

Mayor Tommy Battle said the city is prepared for whatever Mother Nature decides to bring. The Public Works Department has brought out barricades, ready to be used by Police if the roads get too slick. The mayor said prepping for wintry conditions is a team effort.

"Our Public Works is already setting people up to be in tonight and first thing in the morning to make sure that the roads are passable. We've got fire, police, all the emergency personnel ready to go. We're doing what we normally do. It is a normal drill for us. We just know we might have something come in tonight, so we are going to be ready for it," Battle said.

Meanwhile, gas stations and grocery stores were crowded with people Tuesday as people prepare to bunker indoors.

"Of course you have to keep up with what is going on in the weather, keep up with the news. Then you go and you shop. I just try not to leave, as much as possible, especially with the holidays and everything. The roads are wet and its scary out there," said Jessie Drawbaugh.

Other people bundled up as they shopped and prepared for icy conditions said they planned to stay off the roads as much as possible once they stocked their pantries - just in case.

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