Fort Smith Public Schools Prepare For Slick Roads

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As commuters make their way home, the Arkansas State Highway Department says they are working around the clock to keep roads safe.

Chad Adams with the Highway Department says they have calcium chloride on the roads. That makes roads less slick.

Adams said they had about eight crews in the River Valley and eight in Northwest Arkansas putting the de-icing chemicals on the road from 12 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, morning (Nov. 25).

Adams said they will be out in Sebastian, Washington, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Polk County around the clock monitoring roads.

Jeff Tomlin, director of transportation of Fort Smith schools said they were up at 4 a.m.  evaluating roads to see if school buses could travel safely. There were no reported school bus accidents.

“There was a crew of five or six of us. We take sections of the city and we will drive those sections to see if there's any trouble spots,” said Tomlin.

Tomlin said when bad weather comes while school is in session, they will let students out early if necessary.