JACKSON, MISS.–The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is advising all motorists to stay off roads in counties affected by winter weather conditions.
U.S. Highway 61 in Warren County, U.S. Highway 82 in Leflore County and State Route 463 in Madison County are showing significant icing. Motorists should avoid these areas for travel. For a list of Mississippi counties reporting ice on roadways, click HERE.
“The safety of the traveling public is MDOT’s number one priority,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “Traveling on roads and bridges where ice is present is unsafe, and all motorists should avoid travel.”
MDOT crews continue to work throughout the state to place salt and slag on affected roads and bridges so they remain passable.
“Counties in northeast Mississippi are experiencing slick conditions,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “Salt is becoming ineffective, because the temperatures are below 20 degrees. Crews in these areas have ceased spreading salt to conserve supplies and will begin plowing and spreading asphalt slag where possible.”
If travel is necessary due to an emergency situation, safe driving techniques will assist in “surviving your drive” during winter weather. MDOT offers these safe driving tips:
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.
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.