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State and city road crews are out in force helping to keep roads open during the winter storm. State and city road crews are out in force helping to keep roads open during the winter storm.
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ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

State road crews are out in force helping to keep roads open during the winter storm.

The City of Albertville put out a notice that all roads in the city are treacherous and freezing faster than crews can handle. The area that had been projected hardest hit was Central Alabama, so some of the resources in North Alabama were sent there.

Despite that, officials here said we are covered.

Road crews worked to keep the major highways open Tuesday, but motorists found exit ramps and turn lanes pretty slippery. ALDOT Division Engineer Johnny Harris said crews are continually monitoring the situation and when word a road becomes dangerous is received; crews are sent out to deal with that situation.

Harris said the areas they are most concerned about are the steep slopes to and from higher elevations as well as bridges. He said they will use sand and salt for the roads and a special brine solution which is especially helpful for the bridges.

"If it's not a significant event, which this one appears that it's not going to be, we may put some liquid chemicals out on our bridges a little later that will help facilitate the dissolving of the ice and snow," Harris said.

In Huntsville, icy roads are the biggest problem. The Public Works Department has been out all day spreading materials to keep the roads safe.

Their attention is focused on higher-elevation areas like Green Mountain and Monte Sano, but road crews said they are not as concerned with areas like Memorial Parkway, explaining that areas of high traffic often times take care of themselves.

Side streets and intersections that are less busy are trickiest to travel on. Public Works Director Terry Hatfield said obviously they cannot get to every side street, but they are doing the best they can.

Because the temperature is so low, he said the majority of what they are putting on the roads is gravel - salt is essentially worthless at such low temperatures. Hatfield said they are also paying special attention to roads near schools and hospitals.

Many local workers will stay overnight to monitor roads to ensure people get to work or school safely. But Hatfield said his best advice is something you've heard many times - "If you ain't got to get out, don't get out."

If you are in the Huntsville area and you see a street Huntsville road crews need to visit, call 256-883-3950.

Harris reminds people that if you must get out in this weather, please use caution when driving.

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