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Fighting Against the Ice

FAYETTEVILLE, AR-- There's no shortage of winter weather headaches this week as precipitation continues to move through Northwest Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR-- There's no shortage of winter weather headaches this week as precipitation continues to move through Northwest Arkansas. Road crews in Fayetteville told KNWA/KFTA how they are keeping up with the frost.

"There's 11 out there and then we've also got a belly plow out there and the road grater is out there at this time too," Gulley said.

Fayetteville road crews worked non-stop on Tuesday as another round of frozen flakes rolled in and freezing rain left a slippery situation on streets.

Gulley said, "That's just part of our job, everybody knows to expect it. We do work eight hours on and then you are off for 16 before you come back so you do get a break."

It's a race against the clock. Fayetteville transportation director, Terry Gulley, says they're hitting the asphalt with a beet juice pre-treatment and hoping it melts the ice.

"We're big believers in it and we've been pre-treating roads now for like ten years. We just like to get as much of that off as possible prior to it dropping temperatures tonight and re-freezing," Gulley said.

With this round of winter weather, it's a road crews' worst nightmare. Freezing rain first and then snow makes it even harder to keep roads clear.

Gulley said, "We got that sleet and it laid down that layer and it became pretty icy."

As for Fayetteville plows, there is no signs of slowing. Gulley says they spent two thirds of the road department's budget on preps, but now they're fully stocked and it should last until winter decides to roll out.

"We had salt delivered yesterday and more salt. One truck load has already come in today so we're good on materials," Gulley said.

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