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Road crews prep for cold, icey conditions overnight

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JEFFERSON COUNTY - AL -

Winter weather is threatening to wreak havoc on the highways. Transportation departments are working throughout the night to make sure your morning drive is safe.

The Alabama Department of Transportation road crews will begin work at midnight. They'll be out driving the roads, checking for ice and prepping the salt and sand trucks.

"When we have conditions like this, we encourage everyone to stay off the roads if possible," Tera Tubbs, Director, Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation said.

The Thanksgiving holiday week is bringing with it, lots of headaches.

"It's a nightmare," Angie Masters, a driver told us. "I think People are over-reacting. They're in a hurry to get their milk and bread."

"I say just watch James and see what happens!" Christi White, another driver said.

 "It has been a little crazy," Ardatra Johnson, a driver said.  "People are more careful, traffic is slow. I can tell Winter is here."

ALDOT Engineer, Brian Davis, told us, maintenance crews will be in by midnight. They'll monitor the National Weather Service, talk with the county EMA's, and notify police departments of any danger. 

Cullman emergency crews are on stand-by, so are Tuscaloosa workers.

"The bridges are always a big concern," Tubbs said. "We want to make sure too that we always have access to the hospital."

And in Jefferson County, workers are waiting to see what the over-night weather brings.

"We have a contingency plan for bad weather, we have the trucks, we have the equipment, so we will be ready to go out and take care of whatever has to be done," Tony Petelos, Jefferson County Manager said.

For travel at Birmingham's  airport, so far so good.  Many passengers are facing weather delays in their connecting cities. The Airport Authority says the amount of travelers will pick-up starting Wednesday.

"Typically we have a great amount of traffic that come through the airport that comes through the airport," Toni Bast, Airport Authority said. "What happens on the holidays is it's all at the same time."

If you do have to travel during the overnight hours, ALDOT says it's best to take highways like 280 or 31. Avoid interstates - as they have the most amount of bridges and over-passes which are the first to ice.

 

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