Local road crews prepare for winter weather

With winter weather approaching the Twin Lakes Area this weekend, local road crews are doing their part to get prepared ahead of time to minimize traffic issues as much as possible.

The Mountain Home Street Department will have ten crew members prepared to perform 12-hour shifts and two reserve crew members if necessary. Director Arnold Knox says the crew has spent the last five days getting their plows and vehicles prepared.

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The Baxter County Road and Bridge Department is also preparing for the possible storm with ten plow trucks, four twin screws and eight road graders. Superintendent Mike Watts says his crews will be ready.

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Crews from Arkansas Department of Transportation's District 9, headquartered south of Bellefonte, are also expected to be out in full force. The district is expected have over 200 crew members working in 12-hour shifts throughout Baxter, Marion, Searcy, Boone, Newton, Carroll, Madison and Benton Counties if necessary. District engineer Steve Lawrence says his office had a meeting via Skype Thursday morning with ArDOT's maintenance division in Little Rock, and he says more vehicles are on the way to help the local district.

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For updates on highway conditions in Arkansas, visit idrivearkansas.com. In Missouri, highway status can be viewed by visiting MoDOT's online Traveler Information Map.

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