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LR-area traffic slow as icy conditions remain

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published December 10, 2013 at 7:09 a.m. Updated December 10, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.

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Drivers negotiate westbound I-440 lanes Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 2013.

Traffic backed up across the greater Little Rock area on Tuesday morning as many drivers returned to the highways for the first time in days in conditions that remained icy in places, officials said.

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock noted light precipitation Monday night coupled with refreezing from ice that accumulated Friday has led to slick conditions.

"There have been several accidents on area highways due to the ice," the weather service said in a statement. "Motorists are advised to use caution this morning."

The agency noted the pavement may look wet when it's actually frozen over.

"You may get caught off guard when applying your brakes," the statement said. "Be careful out there."

The Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation on Tuesday reported icy patches on most of the major highways in roughly the northern third of the state as well as the Little Rock and Hot Springs areas.

In Little Rock, crews were treating icy patches on Interstate 440.

Slick spots remained on Interstate 440, particularly on bridges and overpasses. Traffic at 7:45 a.m. was at a crawl approaching downtown while motorists drove through a slick area near Springer Boulevard.

Lengthy backups were reported on Interstates 30, 430 and 630 at times during rush hour Tuesday morning. By 11 a.m., the Arkansas Online traffic map was showing improved conditions with traffic moving freely on all Little Rock-area interstates except I-30 just west of I-530. Slow traffic was still being reported there.

Many schools were back in session Tuesday for the first time since Thursday. Still others, though, were closed or delayed. A full list is available here.

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AmericasDoomed says... December 10, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.

At least half of the people driving this morning had no business being out there. Learn how to drive in good conditions first before you attempt ice or snow. Morons.

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Oldearkie says... December 10, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.

Icy roads prevail only because of the incompetence of the roads department. If anyone there has traveled outside of the state to the North where there is real winter storms every year, you will learn that there is equipment to melt the ice and dry the roads. I have driven on dry roads with snow five feet high on both sides. Of course, it may not be incompetence but rather oxygen deprivation from having heads buried so far up that there is no air.

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driver765 says... December 10, 2013 at 1:19 p.m.

I have lived here in Ar. for over 13 yrs. and never has the hwy. dept. done a worse job on all of our state roads. Some heads need to roll.

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Vickie55 says... December 10, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.

Oldearkie, the northern states invest in bigger, better road equipment for snow removal because they need it. It really doesn't make sense in Arkansas to spend a lot of money on equipment that will only be used once every year or so.

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JaneGeorge says... December 10, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

Perhaps, JUST perhaps it's cost prohibitive to purchase expensive equipment for the infrequent wintry weather we have here. Others states had it worse and many trucks went there. A couple of more things to you obviously not native Arkansans - if you dont like it here go back up north where the air is thin, the roads are flat, the snow is dry and easy to drive on and the winters long and harsh. Never heard of anyone "retiring to the North", but there's a first time for everything - be nice or go back home.

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NoUserName says... December 10, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

The state did fine with the removal in Central AR. And I'm from up north as well as generally being quick to complain. That being said, there was NO excuse for a backup on 430/6430 this morning. I drove through at 5am and those roads were FINE. And I drove through again at 9 during the tail end of the backup and there was STILL no reason for it. Doomed had it right. Arkansans seemingly forget how to drive after being away from their cars for a few days.

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JessePinkman says... December 10, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

Having more equipment for snow and ice removal here would make as much sense as putting an unheated outdoor swimming pool in Siberia

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jeeper360 says... December 11, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.

I made the trip from Hot Springs to LR in under an hour Monday just like any other day. I don't know what happened Tuesday. It took me 3 hours to get to work Tuesday. My guess is it was a combination of people going to work and school that hadn't driven anywhere since Thursday and bridges icing up from the precipitation Monday night. AHTD got caught with their pants down. They didn't do anything with the bridges until the middle of the traffic meltdown.

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