ALDOT, others prep for wintry weather

The Elmore Co. Hwy. Dept. loads sand in preparation for wintry weather
The Elmore Co. Hwy. Dept. loads sand in preparation for wintry weather

MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama Department of Transportation personnel and resources are on standby to respond to icy bridge/road conditions and other adverse impacts as a winter storm moves across the state this afternoon through the overnight hours.

ALDOT personnel will monitor bridge/road conditions along with local authorities to determine what actions may be necessary. Resources including sand are on reserve and extra personnel will be on duty. Additionally, ALDOT crews in Birmingham have pre-treated major travel routes in preparation for the winter weather event.

"ALDOT crews are committed to keeping Alabama's transportation network open and avoiding closures if at all possible should severe winter weather conditions affect bridges/roads," said Transportation Director John R. Cooper. "Our resources and personnel are in a state of readiness and will work to keep interstates, U.S. and state roads and bridges safely passable if possible."

One of the biggest issues, though, is how motorists react to the potential for snow and icy conditions on Alabama's roads and bridges. Motorists are urged to avoid travel when icy or other extremely hazardous driving conditions exist. If travel is necessary, motorists are urged to use extreme caution, allow extra travel time, slow down near bridges and overpasses and other places where icy conditions may exist, allow extra distance between other vehicles and ensure vehicles are in good operating order.

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