Category Archives: Road Conditions

Traffic Interruptions on Hwy. 96

Traffic Interruptions on Hwy. 96 planned for Saturday morning, March 4

Traffic on Hwy. 96 between Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 10 in Greenwood will experience temporary interruptions in 15 minute periods on Saturday, March 4 between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. These traffic interruptions are necessary to ensure public safety for motorists while 1st Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery are scheduled to fire training rockets from their Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

Fort Chaffee Public Safety Officers and Sebastian County Sheriff’s Dept. will man the road blocks on the North and Southbound lanes holding traffic for 15-minutes while the artillery battery completes each firing mission sequence.

The Arkansas National Guard, and specifically the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade, apologize for the inconvenience this training may create for motorists on Hwy. 96, but appreciate the patience and continued support of our local communities as we continue to train to support the needs of our state and nation.


Road Closed: Old Uniontown Rd

Between Pine Hollow and Richmond Way will be closed for approximately 90 days to replace 2 bridges starting today, February 27, 2017.


How to drive on Icy Roads

  • The #1 icy road driving tip: Reduce your speed. …
  • The #2 icy road driving tip: Don’t drive on icy roads. …
  • Wear your seat belt! …
  • Pay attention to the weather. …
  • Go easy on your brakes. …
  • Turn into a slide. …
  • Icy road accidents happen in multiples. …
  • Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway.
  • “Bridge Freezes Before Road”. Those signs you see ARE true! One of the most dangerous types of road icing threats comes from bridges and overpasses. A bridge is exposed to air on all of its surfaces – on top, underneath and on its sides. By contrast, a normal road surface is only exposed to air on one side, its top surface. When temperatures drop, this means bridges will cool and accumulate snow and ice faster than roadways on solid ground (watch the animation above).
  • An icy bridge’s most dangerous threat is their element of suprise – they catch drivers off guard, who are traveling at full speed because the rest of the roads are either clear or just a little wet. The consequences of driving onto ice at highway speeds can be catastrophic, as the loss of control and impacts happen much faster than in most other conditions. Slides are often unrecoverable and chain-reaction type accidents are common, as additional vehicles will often lose control in the exact same location.
  • you’re sliding and fishtailing at all, it means that you are going too fast for the conditions. If you drive at a safe speed on ice and snow (45mph / 70km/h or less) and avoid sudden braking, acceleration or turns, you won’t need to worry about correcting anything – a much better outcome. The higher the speed, the more difficult it is to correct a slide. Most slides or fishtails that happen above 45mph (70km/h) require very quick and precise steering to correct, and are beyond the ability of most drivers to successfully manage. With that in mind, remember the following if you are involved in an accident on an icy road:
  • DO:
  • On an icy road, the danger doesn’t end after your own accident – it can actually get worse as other vehicles lose control at the same place you did. A large percentage of icy road fatalities result from people exiting their vehicles, only to be hit by secondary out-of-control vehicles following the initial accident.
  • If your vehicle is still driveable, keep moving! Keep going until you arrive at a safe place to pull well off the road. Not only are you at risk from additional out-of-control vehicles, you may actually cause additional accidents by remaining on the road. If your accident involved other vehicles that are all still driveable, and if there are no injuries, encourage everyone to move to the nearest safe location off of the road.
  • If your car is disabled, stay in your vehicle if traffic is approaching. You have a better chance surviving another car or truck crashing into you if you are inside of your car, rather than standing outside in the open. Cars can absorb vehicle impacts better than your body can!
  • If possible, get away from the road as quickly as you can. Once you are sure that no traffic is approaching, exit your vehicle and immediately get as far off the road as you can. Be careful, as the icy pavement will be tricky to walk on. Climb up an embankment, get behind a guardrail or jersey barrier – anything that will get you out of the way of additional sliding vehicles.
  • If it is not possible to get off the road, stay in your car. If you are in the middle of a bridge with no way to escape, stay in your vehicle. Your vehicle can absorb further direct impacts from sliding cars better than your body can!
  • DO NOT:
  • Don’t get out of your car and stand on the road. Don’t worry about inspecting the damage to your car – worry about the other cars and tractor-trailers that are hurtling toward the same icy spot that you just wrecked on! People standing outside on icy roads after surviving their own accident are often struck and killed in secondary accidents.
  • Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway. Being a Good Samaritan is a noble thing, but on an icy road, it can cause more problems than it solves. Parking on the side of an icy highway can cause passing drivers to brake and lose control, putting the lives of everyone involved in danger. Unless the stranded driver is in immediate danger, the best thing you can do is contact the authorities (call 911), who are equipped to safely block the road or divert traffic while a tow truck can do the job properly.

OK DOT Weather Advisory-Road Conditions

Traffic Advisories

WINTER WEATHER: 1-5-17 as of 11 p.m.

Heavy snow is being reported in several northwestern and western Oklahoma counties resulting in low visibility with slick and hazardous spots. Salt and sand operations are under way in the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woods, Roger Mills, Blaine and Kiowa. Crews in affected counties will continue plowing operations until highways are clear and drying, while other department crews remain on standby ready to respond as precipitation continues to move into the state. Motorists are advised to stay off highways in these areas and be alert to rapidly changing conditions.

With more snow accumulation forecast in the overnight hours, morning commuters are advised to check conditions before leaving and to plan for additional travel time to reach their destination safely.

REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, motorists are asked to:

•Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

•Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.

•Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.

•Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.

NOTE: Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call
or go to For turnpike information, call the
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to

If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.

Out-of-State Road Conditions
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AR Highway and Transportation Road Conditions

Motorists interested in weather related road conditions have the following resources available to them for checking adverse weather conditions on the Arkansas State Highway System. Information on specific highway closures due to construction related activities may be obtained by contacting the District Engineer or the Public Affairs Office at (501) 569-2227


Toll Free
(800) 245-1672
(501) 569-2374

Latest recorded information on weather-related road conditions.