JACKSON, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reporting ice on roads and bridges in multiple counties in north and central Mississippi. MDOT crews are currently working to place salt and slag on the affected roads and bridges to make them passable.
Ice has been reported in the following counties: Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Choctaw, Claiborne, Coahoma, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Marshall, Montgomery, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo.
The public is encouraged to limit travel only in case of emergency in the affected areas. MDOT also encourages the traveling public to pay close attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.
MDOT does not anticipate any road or bridge closures due to winter weather at this time; however, motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through the affected counties.
MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public, and using safe driving techniques is one way to ensure you “survive your drive” during winter weather. MDOT offers these safe driving tips:
· buckle up for safety;
· slow down, especially when driving in winter weather conditions;
· allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you;
· brake early to allow plenty of time to stop;
· brake gently to avoid skidding and never slam on the brakes;
· turn on lights to be more visible to other motorists;
· do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads;
· stay alert and look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do; and
· drive safely.
To stay up-to-date on current road and travel conditions, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.
For complete coverage of the winter weather event, click HERE. Link will be updated as new information becomes available.
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.