Alabama DOT: Arctic Cold Front Could Bring Dangerous Road Conditions

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The Alabama Department of Transportation is warning travelers to prepare for possible dangerous road conditions as an arctic cold front moves across the state Thursday and Friday. The arrival Thursday night of precipitation and plunging temperatures, especially in the northern two-thirds of Alabama, could cause ALDOT’s pre-treatment and response treatment efforts on roads and bridges to be minimally
effective.

Based on current forecasts, ALDOT anticipates the precipitation and sustained subfreezing temperatures to be a challenge in much of north Alabama. These conditions will limit the types and amounts of pre-treatments that can be applied ahead of the cold front, and notably, may affect the effectiveness of pre-treatment and response efforts. In the areas where the most severe impacts are expected, pre-treatment of state, U.S. and interstate highways and bridges began on Wednesday morning and will continue through Thursday afternoon. ALDOT crews will be prepared to respond with ongoing treatment efforts of those roads and bridges as the arctic blast and precipitation arrives.

In areas impacted by precipitation and freezing temperatures, travel should be avoided if possible until conditions improve. Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, check road conditions before departing and allow for increased travel times.

Following any winter weather event, ALDOT crews focus first on interstates and heavily traveled state routes and specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges. During prolonged weather events, crews are prepared to work around the clock in an effort to address adverse travel conditions.

Fallen trees, broken tree limbs and downed power lines can also block roadways. ALDOT and other first responders will have crews working to remove debris on state, U.S. and interstate routes, so drive with extra care and attention to surroundings.


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