A road director in Benton County says last week’s winter storm overwhelmed crews, causing roads to still be slick nearly a week later, especially in rural areas.
“Sometimes you just lose the battle, and we lost it this time,” said Rick Hudson, Centerton road director. “The storm overwhelmed us, just like everyone else.”
Several inches of snow and freezing rain fell on Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley on Thursday and Friday, prompting schools to close and road crews to try to minimize crashes and travel difficulty. Schools remained closed Tuesday because of the slick road conditions.
“We were prepared two weeks ago. All equipment was ready,” Hudson said. “This was just an unusual winter storm.”
Despite the slow progress, Hudson said he expects most roadways to be “almost 100 percent” clear by Wednesday.
“It’s getting better,” he said.
The pavement on the interstate and highways are mostly clear in Washington County, but some rural roads further out remain slippery.
Residents in Prairie Grove say its upsetting to see some of the roads still in bad condition.
"If you don't know how to drive in bad conditions than I do not suggest getting on the road," said Trevor Hawkins.
"They are very dangerous," said Raylene Reed. "I don't think anyone should be out unless they just have too."
Reed has lived in Prairie Grove for 20 years and says she has avoided driving on city roads since the snow storm hit last Thursday.
"I'm scared to drive on the slick roads," said Reed. "I have had a few incidents in the past where I have slid off of the road."
Despite the road conditions, Prairie Grove is continuing garbage collection this week. City leaders called off trash collection last week after a garbage truck nearly rolled over while trying to avoid a head-on collision.
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