Arkansas Transportation and Highway Department crews started pre-treating bridges and roadways Tuesday, in preparation for ice and snow predicted on Thursday and Friday.
The Benton County Road Department spent the day moving equipment.
"We have everything in place, our trucks, our equipment our staff in the 3 locations: Decatur, Bentonville and Garfield," says Terry Nalley, Administrator for Public Services. "We are looking at the areas where we need to hit first."
Nalley took charge of Benton County's roads and bridges just nine weeks ago, and now his leadership team is planning for the winter weather.
"We're hoping for the best," Nalley says. "If we get the event, our crews are more than ready."
Nalley had a practice run last week, when storm predictions didn't pan out.
"The West side of our county had some bridges, some slick spots, low water bridges that sort of thing that we needed to put some sand on and some salt," he says. "It was one of those controlled chaos pieces, where everybody else knows what's going on, but the leadership is like 'Where do we go? What do we do? What's the procedure?' and it was interesting."
Now the new head knows how the system works, and the sand and salt are already loaded up. But if snow and ice hit, crews can only do so much. Nalley says the best way to stay safe is to stay home, but if you must take to the roads, be sure to take your time.
"We'll get the roads treated and the bridges treated as fast as we can, but just be careful out there," Nalley says. "Drive slow... if you're having to travel somewhere, make sure you have provisions in your car."