JACKSON, MISS.–As winter weather conditions continue to affect highways across the state, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is advising the public to stay of roads with reported icy conditions and to limit travel to emergencies only.
“The issue motorists will be facing this evening is the probability of slush on roadways refreezing,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “MDOT maintenance crews will continue to respond to the affected areas to ensure Mississippi’s highways remain as safe as possible.”
For a list of Mississippi counties reporting ice on roadways, click HERE. The public should avoid these areas for travel. MDOT crews are working throughout the state to place salt and slag on affected roads and bridges so they remain passable as long as possible.
“MDOT crews will be positioned across the state to respond to any areas of concern overnight,” McGrath said. “However, with the temperature staying below freezing, we are asking the traveling public to remain off of the highways and travel only in case of emergencies to allow MDOT workers to do their job in the safest manner possible.”
If travel is necessary due to an emergency, safe driving techniques will assist to “survive your drive” during winter weather. MDOT offers these safe driving tips:
To stay up-to-date on current road and travel conditions, visit MDTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.