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Crews predict icy commutes Friday morning

Officials say some of the areas to look out for are bridges, overpasses and highway ramps because they freeze the fastest.

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 6:38 PM

EUGENE, Ore.,-- With possible icy conditions Friday, public works organizations are prepared to keep roads safe. 

While the road conditions were mild Thursday with the snow, they could be more dangerous Friday morning. Officials anticipate the leftover water on the roads from the snow to freeze. 

"If those roads are wet tonight when you go to bed, expect that those are going to be frozen in the morning, especially if those temperatures are as low as they say. Expect black ice or even thick ice in some of these areas where the water is still sitting on the roadway," Orin Schumacher, the Lane County road maintenance manager, said.

Officials will continue to use sand and de-icer on the roads. Oregon Department of Transportation is prepared to use salt if necessary, but officials said it is unlikely. 

Angela Beers Seydel, the public information officer from ODOT, said they will only use salt if there is packed ice on the road. However, she said they will monitor conditions up until Friday morning to see if it is necessary. 

Crews will be on the road cleaning up the sand from Thursday and putting new sand and de-icer on the road for drivers Friday morning. They will be working overnight to monitor conditions. They will also clean up debris and trees on the road. 

"People need to be aware that when we have storms come through that the road may not be what you expect. It might be slick, it might have a tree, it might have a crash. Check tripcheck.com, a lot of that will be on there," Seydel said. "Know before you go, but just anticipate what could happen."

Officials said they will prioritize roads that are heavy with commuter traffic, like the Beltline, Delta Highway, and Interstate 5, to name a few. From there, they will then focus on other city and residential roads as needed. 


Officials said some of the areas to look out for are bridges, overpasses and highway ramps because they freeze the fastest. 

When driving, officials recommend going slow, giving yourself extra time, and knowing if your vehicle can handle icy conditions. 

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