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Winter Storm Keeping Road Crews Busy

While residents of the Keweenaw are getting ready for more snow, the Houghton County Road Commission is advising motorists to limit your travels over the next 24 hours and to try to stay off the roads as much as possible.

 

Houghton County Engineer Kevin Harju wants to remind drivers to stay clear of maintenance vehicles and to use general caution overall while driving.

“Use caution when traveling. If they have to travel, the roads were extremely slippery this morning. We do have twelve sanders out today trying to address the real slippery locations,” Harju said.

Harju says it’s safest if you can stay in during the extreme winter conditions, but for those that must be out and about, it’s crucial to maintain a safe driving speed.

Harju said, “You don’t necessarily have to go 55 miles an hour down the road. I mean, today when we were checking roads, I would say the average speed on 55 mile an hour roadways were roughly about 35 – 40 miles an hour, which there were still several accidents. You may have 4 wheel drive and be able to take off, but it doesn’t make you stop any faster so just slow down and give some space and be courteous to the other drivers.”

The Houghton County Road Commission maintains over 850 miles of roadway. Throughout the day, the fleet will be plowing and adding sand to the roads to improve traction.

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