Dangerously Icy Roads make a Busy Day for AAA

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Road closures and accidents are the inevitable aftermath of the storm. But this storm has had some of the biggest results of 2010.

"It has been one of our highest call volumes this year. By 1:30p.m., we had 2700 calls," said AAA field manager Ryan Johnson.

AAA responded to two hundred more calls than Sunday with more than 10 hours left in the day.

"The majority of our calls are from spin outs. We have to go and tow people out of the ditch," said Johnson.

The entire fleet of 39 county clean up trucks were out at 4 am. The Ingham County Road Commission says things looked brighter in the early hours as they tackled the roads.

"The sun helps a lot. It helps melt and break up the ice," said Bill Conklin, Ingham County Road Commission Director.

Despite the sun, temperatures remained below 20 degrees making the salt less effective.

"With temperatures in the teens, the salt takes longer to melt the ice," Conklin said, "It may only melt temporarily and refreeze."

The road commission says one of the largest issues is refreezing. The sun works with the salt to melt the snow, but the wind blows the snow back onto the roadway creating ice underneath.

"Refreezing is a big concern. It has happened on some of our highways," said Conklin.

That is on reason why Michigan drivers say instead of following tire tracks, they take the path less traveled on.

"Instead of following in the path, the snow can provide a little traction," said Mason driver Gerry Kinnison.

"Don't tailgate or follow too close. Watch outh for other drivers becasue they might not be able to stop," said driver in Mason, Pat Green.

Local drivers say what scares them more than black ice is other drivers on the road. The there will be two county road crews out overnight to make the drive a little safer.

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