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Road Crews Plow into Trouble

BENTON COUNTY, AR-- Arkansas State Police said dispatch lines were overloaded all day with calls of car wrecks, due to deteriorating road conditions. Benton County road crews are just trying to keep up.
BENTON COUNTY, AR-- Arkansas State Police said their dispatch lines were overloaded all day with calls of car wrecks due to deteriorating road conditions and Benton County road crews are just trying to keep up by taking to the streets.

Benton County road department administrator, Terry Nalley, said "We have three areas, we have Decatur, Bentonville, and Garfield. We probably have 20 people out running right now. Each one of our graters, each one of our sand trucks keeps a cycle going throughout the storm event."

With 15 graters, six plows, and three sand trucks, Nalley believes they are prepared to beat the blizzard.

"We're plowing and then we're coming back after we knock it down and plow and put some sand down," Nalley said.

But keeping up with the white stuff is not easy. Crews were planning on pre-treating the streets with calcium-chloride when they plowed into some trouble.

"We tried to and our equipment froze up and that didn't really work. It really wouldn't have worked anyway as fast as this snow moved in," Nalley said.

Nalley added, after the last blast of winter weather they are well aware of problem areas. "The one in December, this last one it gave us ideas of this is what we need to do and how we need to do it so each one we're getting better at preparing."

Plus with some help from law enforcement, they know which county roads to finish first.

"If they have phone calls and things of that nature or accidents they will call us and we'll send a snow plow with sand or something of that nature," Nalley said.


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