Thursday, February 17, 2011

What Were You Thinking?

I'm sure you've all heard the news by now: Arkansas a couple major snowstorms over the last couple weeks. The worst of it was in NW Arkansas which received up to 20 inches of snow.

Along I-540 between Alma and Fayetteville, stranded semis prompted the closure of the highway, after which AHTD comes to the "rescue" by sanding the highway (the uses actually 90 percent sand and 10 percent salt in their sand trucks). Mind you, this is AFTER the trucks get stranded.

Why didn't AHTD take precautions before all the trucks got stranded before sanding the roadways? What were you thinking?

But also: a major snowstorm is forecast for the area and all the truckers drive right into it and get stuck? Are they not aware of the tall bridges and steep grades along I-540 (not to mention some isolated areas near the Bunyard (Bobby Hopper) Tunnel have their own unique weather)? What were you thinking?

For those who may not be aware, I-540 covers some steep, rugged terrain and has the tallest bridges in the state (between 90 and 210 feet tall). There are no deicing systems on any of the bridges, so when the weather turns icy, the roads and bridges get bad. Just stay off of them!

=end rant=