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DOTD salting roads in Northeast Louisiana

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A lot of people stayed home Tuesday because of the icy road conditions. As our Nolan Crane reports, employees at DOTD have been working around the clock.

When you get in your car and drive around in Northeast Louisiana tonight it might look like snow on the road but this isn't fresh powder. Employees at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development have been busy salting roads and over-passes so commuters can travel safely.

"We've put out since six o'clock yesterday, around 90,000 pounds of salt and its approximately 175 bridges that we've salted," said David Hodnett.

Although it's cold outside and majority of roads remain open, there are some road blocks because of Mother Nature's falling temperatures.

"When you come across barricades do not drive around them, they are there for a reason. Just be patient, everyone drive safe and we'll be fine," said Albert Paxton.

Obeying the traffic signs are not the only ways to stay safe when rain turns to ice on these roads.

"Everyone needs to drive slow, leave earlier then you normally do to give yourself more time and when you're driving and traveling give yourself more room between yourself and the car in front of you. Always buckle up. I can't say it enough, if you hit an icy patch and start to skid or lose control ease off of the accelerator, don't slam on the brakes," said Paxton.

The roads were not as bad as a lot of people expected but the road conditions can change without much notice which is why DOTD will keep these trucks filled with salt throughout the night.

 

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