Sun and Salt Make Roads Better, But Not Perfect For Drivers

Updated: 02/23/2014 3:49 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 5:00 PM
By: Beth McDonough

The mixture of sun and salt is making many roads better, but not perfect, for driving in the Metro.

By Saturday afternoon, conditions have improved enough that the Minnesota National Guard wrapped up operations helping stranded motorists find shelter.

According to Kevin Gutknech of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, this is due to the sun and the temperature increase, which has increased road salt effectiveness on streets and highways.

"You'll see bare and wet pavement, that is pavement warmed by the sun it has salt on it, it's beginning to melt the ice on the road," Gutknecht said.

MnDOT has 200 trucks working throughout the weekend and it also uses blades to scrape up icy patches. 

Since the storm started, there have been 964 crashes and 4,400 calls for help according to the State Patrol. From Friday night through Saturday afternoon, there have been 279 crashes, that's significantly less than the day before. 

MnDOT told us with a couple more days like this, the roads should be in good shape. However, another winter snow storm is expected on Monday.

The City of Minneapolis has taken a preventative measure on road safety by imposing winter parking restrictions.

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